Really great post asobu. The whole thing is getting me a bit misty eyed to be honest. Really like how intimate it all feels. Those white shirts with the red ribbons attached are beautiful, would love to get my hands on one.
Really excited for tomorrow's collection. Trying to keep my expectations in check, but it's been a lot of work to do so
In continued happy news, picked up my SS08 suit from the cleaners and now that there is no longer any tobacco smell to bother me, I have tried it on. I feel like a banchou (Japanese high school gangster) haha.Even more views (Click to show)
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Fabric is great. Not thick at all (even kind of see-through in the right light), but because of the way the shoulders are constructed it sits with a nice permanence when worn. Not flimsy at all. There are patches on the lapels, elbows and cuffs of the jacket made from the same material. The trousers are really nice as well. They have drawstrings at the cuff allowing for tightening of the opening but use of a belt is recommended for the waist as there's no drawstring there. I am not wearing them with a belt in the pics, but I will normally. They also don't have side pockets as I hope was shown in the photos, with the rear and front/side pockets almost meeting at the side seam of the pants. Instead there are large cargo pockets on the front that can be opened with a button. Behind those are where the pockets are. This is a similar design to that on the SS09 suit pants (look 2
) and a big part of why I really like these pants. Combined with the volume and fabric, it really gives off this badass nonchalant vibe when I stuff my hands in them. On a side note, I find that with a lot of Yohji's clothing there are in-jokes scattered all over the place. Text where almost no one would see it, hidden pockets, hidden double collars, his name written upside down or reversed etc. A casual observer would never notice any of these things, but because you know they are there it can make you smile sometimes. These pockets are like that for me with these pants. Anyway, I guess you can tell I am extremely happy with the purchase (thanks again for pointing it out to me wire!).
I also got my SS08 zipper cargo pants
back and those are very nice as well. Love how the zipper alters the silhouette of the pants (most especially from the side). It shows the genius of Yohji when he does things like this as essentially the zippers perform the same function as the buttons on the ronin pants
from this same collection, but the pockets are placed differently and the zips are placed in front in order to achieve the same silhouette from the side that the buttons (which are placed on the side in the ronin pants) achieve in the other pants, slimming the lower part of the leg and having the cargo pouches enhance the area above the knee, making it look like literal ronin pants or calvary pants tucked in to high boots. Great stuff