Issey Miyake Unleashes Profusion of Crayon Colors

Japanese label Issey Miyake sent out a spinning wheel of color for its eye-popping spring-summer 2010 ready-to-wear collection Friday.

Models in watercolor print leggings and lightweight shirts shaped like kites traced a dizzying ballet of concentric circles on the extra-wide catwalk.

In the collection notes, designer Dai Fujiwara explained he had culled patterns from around the world and mixed them up, giving, for example, a Celtic print a bright tropical punch.

The result was a fun, upbeat collection of heat-beating summer wear.

Long jackets made from straw-colored ribbon that looked like woven baskets were worn over rauched leggings in fluorescent shades. Light summer dresses in the pretty blue flower patterns of Turkish tiles fluttered gently as the girls turned in ambling circles.

Standout pieces included a structured bubble dress in Art Deco print jewel tones shot through with shimmering Lurex. The lustrous cocktail dress was about the sole fancy piece in a show dominated by casual daywear.