Monday, July 2, 2012

BEAUTY: Clothing--Yohji Yamamoto

A Yohji Yamamoto collection can be counted on to evoke images of feudal Japan with wide cut trousers that resemble samurai pants, or jackets that seem more like kimonos. But for his Spring Summer '13 collection at Paris Fashion Week, Yamamoto took his usual silhouette and expanded and enlarged it even more. In this collection, voluminous trousers positively billow; most have either draw strings or elastic cuffs at the bottom. Some were shown in intricate patterns reminiscent of Japanese fabric.

And it might be hard to find the connection, but I appreciate that he sent his raggedy collection of models out with cuts, scrapes, scratches, and black eyes. (As a related aside, years ago a dear friend and I used to play a game that we called "Extremely Fashion-forward or just Homeless?") Even Yamamoto himself came out for his bow with a shiner (last photo). It's a tough world in a tough time, and we are all taking a beating in one form or another. Maybe we don't need to look any farther than that for an explanation.

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