YOHJI YAMAMOTO FW2014
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In summary: Amazing. Genius. Comic. Zippers! Gothic accessories look nice (silver zipper pulls y'all). Layered pants look great and have some nice continuity with SS14 if my eye serves me correctly.
If anyone can save images from Nowfashion.com showing the back of some of the pieces that would be great. Some of the detail shots imply some pretty crazy things construction-wise.
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The thing that really strikes me about this collection though is how much fun Yohji seemed to have had making it. Like he has rolled up his sleeves and is really getting stuck into the work and just pushing himself to the limit and further and further out of his comfort zone. The results are excellent so far in my opinion and if he can keep this up, it will be an excellent swan song for a great career.
On a first (well, not really, but you know what I mean) pass, these are my favorite looks -
The layering here is just so good. Like Arnie shaking Carl Weathers' hand in Predator good.
This look actually made me pause the slideshow for a solid minute. The pants are amazing and I hope this iteration of them, with the print, is picked up for the racks.
I have been getting more and more interested in picking up an MA-1 and/or biker style jacket or something similar, and this one, with the pattern and the zippers on the back of the arm and the sides is pretty close to ideal I think (although the "cropped" ones in Dries FW14 look pretty amazing as well). Just the perfect combination of flower power, anarchy and seething teenage menace I need in my life right now .
I don't even know what is going on here, but I love it. Skull prints and all. Would go for different boots personally, but the rest of the outfit is just the perfect combination of non-Western male silhouette and knotted fabric that I have been waiting to see more of. I would probably wear this every day as it also reminds me of the wrappers that men of the Urhobo culture in Nigeria tie when they go for ceremonies (or lounge about in at home while wearing a wife beater).
side pouch pocket pant design is v. cool as the is the zip moto jacket. Ivwri I loved your description: flower power + anarchy. I'm getting some serious spooky vibes too. also are those silver coffin zips? whoa. whole show is visually fantastic feast. the rope toggle coat is pretty awesome. yohji is one badassmotherf**ker bold dude.
Edited by Parker - 1/16/14 at 4:57pm
It's gotta be the first time only one full black Look ( the last one ) made it to the Runway, does it signal a directional change of his vision? Or is it market led? It's a very bold presentation and, like for like, better than AW13. The video ( with music ) will tell the whole story. I asked Limi on IG if she played any part in these punky creations.....she declined
Personally I won't ( and can't ) wear any of these, at least the whole set up, I ain't G-Dragon enough.
Still the highlight of PFW sofar.
AW14 will go down as a landmark collection as in runway pieces worn will be instantly recognised in years to come. Yohji-San has got our attention, and my respect and admiration with this one. I have no problem being in the minority.