Wow, that's amazing. What kind of books were they and were they all the same book? That must have taken a while to do would love to hear more about it. Maybe I will harass wire via email to post on here instead of just lurking
@Hendrix I see why you would look at it the way I take it you did considering where you got it from! Interestingly enough, it can also be used to show how different people can wear the same outfit and give off completely different vibes from each other, all because of their intentions behind wearing the outfit coming through in little details. The thing I have noticed about Yohji's clothing is that I think it innately discourages a certain type of wearer from trying it on. It's why whenever the term "Yohji hype" or words to that effect show up on the forum I wonder where they get the idea from. Yohji does have well-deserved hype as a designer, but for that to translate into people buying his clothes to be part of some "hype train" is quite frankly pretty difficult for me to imagine.
His clothes already come with a context of their own, and if you don't synch with that, then I don't think they will be attractive at all.
I also think that's probably why at the end of the day the stereotypical Yohji fit should be described as "anti-fit". Not just because it doesn't fall into accepted Western notions of how clothing should fit, but also because that lack of too much thought put into wearing the clothing will be reflected in the individual clothing choices made. Shoes that may not be the perfect match, a t-shirt that would be better off replaced with one with a looser neck, pants that don't break perfectly etc. When the fit is looked at out of context it looks off and may even denote a lack of style. But when looked at in context (the tee might be so damned comfortable, the shoes might be the ones you wear whenever you go for presentations as a lucky pair of shoes, the badge on the jacket lapel a gift from your significant other etc.) it takes on a new life of its own.
EDIT - Funny how Hendrix and I seemed to dovetail into a similar statement. Yeah I completely understand what you mean by wearing items that you know will be considered sub-optimal but you wear them anyway because they are more you
.Edited by Ivwri - 7/5/12 at 3:58am