Yohji Yamamoto Menswear Catwalk Fashion Show Paris FW2013

January 18, 2013 by  
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Too bad all men have shaved their mustaches already after Movember came to an end. If they would have continued without shaving they perhaps would have had the long mustaches Yamamoto showed this week. It was the right timing for an ode to the mustache (we have never seen so much mustache merchandise as in last year), yet they might have been a little distracting from the clothes too. Classic clothes that were given a playful touch. A red tartan printed suit was followed by a grey pleated skirt suit worn with a purple tie and a purple shaded XL leopard cardigan. There was a pair of zebra pants, a purple skirt suit, a duo colored suit, metallic pants and fur vests. Yamamoto might be dressing rockers, fathers, photographers or actors next year; he sure seemed to have had fun while creating one of his most humorous collections in a while.

Yohji Yamamoto Catwalk Fashion Show Paris ss2012

October 1, 2011 by  
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Our review will follow shortly

Y3 by Yamamoto Catwalk Fashion Show New York SS2012

September 12, 2011 by  
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At Y3 it wasn’t immediately clear what kind of clothes were sent down the runway. Jackets looked like dresses, shorts appeared to be skirts. There was a lot of asymmetry going on and on top of that everything was styled in an unconventional manner. Tulle skirts worn with trousers, parka coats over leggings and so on.

As always with Yohji Yamamoto the red-lipped girls appeared sporty and tough. Walking the runway (on all kinds of different sneakers) with their hands in their pockets, the seemed careless. Yet this time around there was a slightly feminine touch to some of the looks. Yohji (and the new creative director Dirk Schönenberg) came up with some silk outfits and gave their designs ruffles. They were a far cry from the super feminine Valentino ruffles, but they did add a (welcome) girly twist to the collection.

The color palette, lots of black, army green and some red Tartan prints, was just perfect for both men and women. The male models sported basic sportswear looks, with a sleeveless trench and a checked suit being the most outspoken pieces for men.

It was a typical Y3 collection, nothing more, nothing less.


Daily favorites in Paris

October 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Fashion, Paris, womenswear

Friday was Lanvin-day. Besides Balenciaga, Celine and the Japanes designers the fashionworld is eager to receive the message Alber Elbaz has to tell. His connection with women is unbelievable, he can sense them and translate their needs into modern, urban chic. As he did yesterday. But the collection is not complete with the beautiful and strong jewelry from designer Elie Top. For summer he got his inspiration from bees, flies and butterflies. I’ll have to start saving money now, I guess.

Also: the setup of the Lanvin shows is giving me goose-pimples all the time. A dark, long runway with just one accent (last season a stairway to heaven, yesterday a line of poles) and models that seem to appear from the dark. Their long walk builds up the tension.

When I saw the pictures of Yamamoto I was struck by the faded colors in one outfit. The show seemed very Yohji with big dresses, draped and folded. But I loved the way he mixed the colors with his signature black.

And then Dior. It was a very commercial and upbeat show, and that’s what it should be if they want to sell. It seems Galliano is only allowed to push the boundaries at haute couture, and that’s a pity. Anyway, windbreakers and parkas never looked so sexy. And as a real Dutch girl I really liked that.

Yohji Yamamoto Catwalk Fashion Show SS2011

June 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Fashion, Menswear, Paris

Classic is the perfect term to describe Yamamoto’s new collection. The designer seemed to have taken his inspiration from the eighteenth century when men wore puff pants, knee stockings, large bows, hats and buckled shoes.

Yamamoto also designed a few classic floral prints in beautiful warm colors. He used those for a few loose-fitting suits with pants that showed just a little bit of leg.

Like many other big shows we’ve seen this past week, Yamamoto clothes looked way to hot to wear on a sunny day too. There were a lot of suits; printed and striped, black & white. Long shirts – almost dresses – were worn underneath them.

In between the mix ‘n match outfits there suddenly were four outfits in one color. One model was dressed in white from head to toe. Three other models wore only green, orange or blue, which formed a big contrast to their pale faces.

Some nice details in this collection were the playful emblems on several jackets, a ruffled shirt and all kinds of classic hats. On top of that the models wearing fake moustaches, beards and powdered English wigs added an extra special feeling to the show.

Overall Yamamoto showed some great classic style with this collection and we sure enjoyed travelling back in time with him.

Yohji Yamamoto Catwalk Fashion Show Paris FW2010

March 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Fashion, Featured Items, Paris, womenswear

Fleece blankets had to be handed out to the audience at the Yohji Yamamoto show. There was no heat in the venue. After Yamamoto filed for bankruptcy protection in October many stores had to be closed. So maybe Yamamoto had to cut down on his heat expenses. Fortunately his fall collection soon made people forget about the cold.

Yamamoto showed a fine collection of navy, black and ivory pieces. He designed lots of sober asymmetrical coats and pinafore dresses. Pleated and netting fabrics were used a lot.

Due to the colors and the oversized shapes not a lot of the designs felt very feminine, yet they all had something special.

The coats in this collection will probably sell the best. And since there were a lot of them Yamamoto needn’t worry about the future of his brand. With more collections like this the Japanese brand will surely survive.

Y-3 by Yamamoto Catwalk Fashion Show New York FW2010

February 15, 2010 by  
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On the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s day, Yohji Yamamoto showed us a very dark side of love.

It all began so well with models handing out red roses to all people sitting front row. Yet after that it turned dark as the Prisoner of Love theme took over.

On his designs Yamamoto had written text like ’23 Years in prison – 20 = Y3′ and ‘Marriage – Love = Run’. Combined with Paul Simon’s track ’50 ways to leave your lover’ it all made up for a dejected vision of love.

Still, the dark side of love seemed to work for Yamamoto. His unexpected proportions, layering and mix and matching never looked this good. We liked his long coats, loose pants, asymmetric skirts and loose woolly capes. And through his use of black and gray the designer managed to add some refreshing bright red, orange, yellow and blue.

Lots of black and white stripes represented the Prisoner of Love theme and on some shoes, bags, hoodies and belts they stood for Adidas.

It appeared that after a miserable year in which Yamamoto almost went bankrupt the designer was able to show more of himself in the Y-3 collection for Adidas.

The collection appealed to us. Though it didn’t necessarily need the masks, bandit scarfs and the fight at the end in which Yamamoto punched a male model down and got punched by a female model himself.

Yohji Yamamoto Catwalk Fashion Show FW09

March 7, 2009 by  
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Yohji Yamamoto Catwalk Fashion Show Menswear FW09

January 23, 2009 by  
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Yohji Yamamoto Catwalk Fashion Show SS09

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