Sunday September 9, 2012 – St. John’s Center Studios
In the ten years Yohji Yamamoto has collaborated with Adidas, the Y-3 brand has helped elevate the sportswear powerhouse from the gridiron to the runway; a feat that many of its competitors have yet to replicate successfully. It may be because of the success of the Y-3 brand that Adidas has gone on to hedge its bets in chic activewear, collaborating with Yohji’s peers Stella McCartney and Jeremy Scott. To commemorate their longstanding relationship, Yohji flew into the Big Apple to show off his latest wares; an important detail to highlight given that he hasn’t attended a New York showing since his previous collection’s debut at Park Ave. Armory where Zinedine Zidane made a cameo and Yohji got into “street-chic fight” with his models.
Alongside the dark warehouse walls of the St. John’s Center were three-dimensional, triangular, white cardboard cutouts that reflected a kaleidoscope of colors and imagery being projected from above. Yohji was clearly bringing some of the later evening’s anniversary festivities to the runway and it showed in his play on the Adidas logo and through his use of vibrant hues and patterns. Knee-length soccer socks (a nod perhaps to his front-row guest in attendance David Beckham), white armband stripes on jackets, and asymmetrical oversized striped leggings were high-spirited plays on the brand’s triple strips trademark.
Masterful at creating looks that teeter between sport and serious, Yohji pairs sand tone jackets with wide-legged shorts, two-tone blue-black patchwork jackets with asymmetrical zippers to crisp, ankle-showing noir pants, and breton-striped blouses to a flowy cardigan, that look just as much at home by the tennis courtside as they do at a casual soiree. Standouts amongst the collection were jungle pattern prints set against black short-sleeved shirts and skirts as well as a series of sheer anoraks, skirts, and dresses with silk-screen images against a sky-blue background tone.
If the saying “time flies when you’re having fun” rings true, then the last 10 years must’ve been a blur for Yohji and his growing throngs of fashion followers.
See the photos below:
Photos Courtesy of Stylerumor.com
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