In the 80′s and 90′s Yohji built his reputation as a serious, monastic, and intellectual “artiste”. As his career has evolved and we have learned more about the real Yohji (the guitar playing Yohji, the karate master Yohji), he seems so much cooler than just “the designer” Yohji. I think that is why his Y-3 work is so good; I think he, better than most fashion forward designers, really gets how “sports”wear works in both the real and fashion world. Look at the shoes above; I hate most of the designer trainers but I love the look of these. They remind me of when Nike was really on the mark in the late 90′s.
Tuesday, February 7, 2006