It’s days before Valentine’s Day, and the most attractive couple around seems to be Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto. Their glorious pairing in Y-3 was a resounding success, once more creating renditions of athletic-wear that we’ve never seen before.
Unexpected structures gave these pieces a “wow” factor, from spherical hoods to harem pants that button down the full length of the rise; quirky details included subtle nods to the Adidas logo in the form of three white stripes over a fedora and three leopard prints stripes down the back of a coat. Several models sported linen-like men’s overalls over their fleece outerwear. Blacks, navies and olives abounded, occasionally spiced up by fuzzy leopard trims and multicolored strips seemingly cut from Oriental rugs.
With a runway comprised of clashing Oriental rugs — and models sporting quirky sneakers — the overall vibe was laid-back and chill (a welcome departure from the general tone of fashion week). Y-3 certainly capitalized on the successes of new fabric technology by creating looks that blur the lines between athletic and fashion fabrics, but, for all its inventiveness, it was still a remarkably cohesive and wearable collection. It looks relaxed enough to be lounge-wear but so seriously cool that it will turn heads out on the town. During a week that gives women extra blisters from fashionably high heels, Y-3 reminds us that functionality and comfort can be fiercely chic.
- Paula Rosine Long
Designer website: www.y-3store.com
Photos: Fashion Wire Press