When one is in the presence of a legend, it’s difficult to focus on anything but the proximity to the figure before you, or in this case, soon to be before me. At the Y-3 collection for Spring 2014, the only question I had on my mind was, “Will Yohji, the grand priest of Japanese cool fashion, make a bow at the end?” I’ve been an admirer of his since my earliest days in fashion school more years ago than I care to speak of here.
The room went dark & the show began… my mind said, “only a few more minutes until Yohji!” But I soon found myself distracted. Not by the presence of His Beib-ness in the front row, but rather by the clothes. Oh yeah… the reason we came.
As the show’s incredibly hip live free-style drumming soundtrack filled the cavernous black, smoke-filled space, models crisscrossed the room in what seemed like a random manner, but those in attendance for the rehearsal bore witness otherwise. The spectacle was pure fashion showmanship at its highest level. It takes a designer of the highest confidence to show in this manner… a legend if you will.
For the Y-3 Spring 2014 collection, is seems that Mr. Yamamoto is feeling his customer wants to dress up a bit more than usual. The collection had a dressy quality, almost a formality. Dresses with exposed necklines & lengths almost to the floor were the real showstoppers. They were especially good when they were obviously asymmetrical & the best to those were the ones that incorporated the collection’s trademark 3 white stripes in exaggerated proportions down the back. Even the men’s looks were a bit more grown up in seasons past, with some of them looking as if they were finely tailored.
The final walk around concluded & the moment I had anticipated for decades had arrived… Mr. Yamamoto himself strolled into the space in a long black trench & matching black fedora, took a seat in front of one of the trap sets on the runway & treated us to his own improved drum performance, before standing up & taking his bow to the shrieks of approval & admiration from the crowd. It’s not often when one is confronted with “a moment” in ones life, but this passionate observer had just had “a moment” that will likely not be repeated anytime soon. Another check off my list…
Designer website: www.y-3.com
Photos: Elvia Gobbo