Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Yohji Yamamoto Fall 2006

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.


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  1. Rob

    February 16, 2006 at 1:14 pm

    That’s the kind of “streetwear” you wear when you’re looking to get your ass whupped.

  2. The Sartorialist

    February 16, 2006 at 1:20 pm

    Are you coming on to me?

  3. Rob

    February 17, 2006 at 11:00 am

    Are you wearing this?

    Actually, I’m just saying that it’s hard for me to see some of these clownish looks, like the Yohji stuff or especially Thom Browne, without thinking back to the days of playground bullies. These outfits just beg for a beatdown. Not that I’d be one to hand it out, or that I appreciate that kind of attitude.

    Also, thanks a lot for this blog. It’s really great to see so many interesting looks on real people in the street (young and old) combined with all the industry stuff in one site. I live in L.A., and it would be cool for you to find a correspondent (not me!) that could do something similar out here. The kids on the east side have some wild looks these days.

  4. The Sartorialist

    February 17, 2006 at 11:36 am

    Your taking the show looks too literally. Personally I would only wear the trainers but I like how he worked color, print, etc in the tops.

    My point with the post is that I think he does the trainers well b/c we have learned more about him – that he is a really real person with diverse interests -it is his realness that makes him a better artist.

  5. Anonymous

    February 20, 2006 at 3:59 pm

    yohji take on adidas world cup cleat. looks like it still has the field outsole. hope you dont slide off the subway platform

  6. Anonymous

    February 21, 2006 at 12:10 am

    I love the red trainers in the bottom picture.

    I just discovered this blog, and frankly it’s making me want to lose 20 lbs and run up more debt. (the former = good! the latter = uh, better sell off some of that Custo and Miu Miu!)

  7. Simone Fraser

    November 2, 2014 at 2:52 am

    I respond 8 and 1/2 years after the conversation but I am surprised at the subject matter the person ‘Rob’ has written of. I went to a school with a uniform (not the US) but this has still reminded me of thug-like. small-minded attitudes that I’m glad to leave behind in that unimportant world.
    The Sartorialist is like a long exhale of relief from all that, where people can express their inner person to the world and know that they will be in their own tribe. Hopefully, in the majority of cases.
    Regarding catwalk looks, we know they are presented for maximum impact visually for the time of the show; many people would not, and are probably not intended to, carry the entire look to real life. I do think this collection transfer well in multiple elements, if the whole.

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