Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Y-3 Spring/Summer 2011

For spring/summer 2011 Y-3 took inspiration from the icons of music history for an explosive collection of hard-core looks. Y-3's show took a tour through three decades of rock style, sending a model army of Janis Joplins, Elvis Presleys and Jimi Hendrixes out onto the runway accompanied by the music of British band The Duke Spirit. The collection highlighted a contemporary take on classic rock silhouettes from 60's leather looks to the psychedelic prints of the 70's to the eccentric, edgy styles of the 80's. As rock music and sex appeal go hand in hand neither was in short supply with cropped tanks for both men and women plus flowing sarong skirts and tight black leggings for the girls. There was of course the play with volume in typical Yamamoto manner - tight on top, loose on bottom and vice versa. An hommage to Yoko Ono was also paid in form of coats and T-shirts printed with the artist's text pieces like 'Open Your Eyes, Open Your Door, Open Your Legs, Open Your Sides, Open Your Heart, Open Your Mouth'. On the footwear front the label has been as innovative as ever with the lightweight new Kubo shoe for men and women that boasts a fully foldable sole and feels a bit like walking on air. Other shoes featured reflective threading and treatments, making an eye-catching new look. Y-3 has also updated the sporty women's pump in a range of new fabrics and colorways and has, for the first time, added elegant oxfords and oxford boots for men. Like all things Y-3 they combine breakthrough technology with tradition and elegance. I'm simply thrilled by this collection.