Originally Posted by Parker
I can see the edited post with the womenswear 96 collection photos, but none of the others.
Just curious about Yohji styling... I see he sometimes does full suits ("coordinating ensembles" is probably a better term.). Are they meant to be always together or do you think some things can be worn as separates? How easy is mixing from different fabrics or collections? How are the looks merchandised in the stores?
I think that a lot of the ensembles on the runway can be (and are) worn as separates. Whether it's pants or jackets/tops you can always style them with some other pieces as you require once the fabric is similar/contrasts in the right way. I haven't bought any actual "suits" from Yohji, but even with those I am pretty sure a jacket from any of them would not look as "orphaned" as that from most traditional suit makers would if worn apart from the suit trousers and vice versa.
Yohji also tends to do a lot of work with the same fabrics in my experience. Various weights and blends of Wool gabardine, cotton and of course, linen. Everything else he works with tends to go pretty well with any of these. I have mixed items from AW11, SS11, AW10, SS08 and plan to do even more and I don't have any issues at all. Yohji seems to work within a universe of fabrics and concepts that he keeps on iterating on so generally speaking you could probably wear something made in 95 with something made in 2012.
In the few stores I have seen Yohji stocked, the styling on the mannequins is different from that on the runway for sure. For example -
YYPH store on Rue Cambon in Paris (AW11 collection)
Boutique in Basel, Switzerland with YYPH stuff (all from AW10 I believe)
They go well together I think