13 July 2012

Another Look


Spring/Summer 2012










I miss Y's For Men. It was cool and comfortable everyday clothing, which was a touch more affordable than mainline Yohji, without sacrificing design. Of course it is still reasonably easy to find for purchase second-hand or from leftover stock, however obviously the amount is finite and prices fluctuate. Whether or not it has since been subsumed in some manner into Pour Homme is an interesting question for another time, but I do think there is still room in the Yohji-verse for a replacement of some kind. Coming Soon was a nice gateway into Yohji's aesthetic world, but it was unfortunately cut short before it had time to really come into its own.

Womenswear is however a different beast altogether, and there Y's continues on as ever. The incredible photograph below was recently emailed out to announce the arrival of the new season in-store, and as such I found myself automatically looking back to the season just gone (of course Summer has yet to start here in London, what with the incessant rain, so I suppose it is appropriate that Autumn and Winter fair is already in stock). I thought the Spring/Summer Y's collection was really quite beautiful, however looking through the lookbook once again, I have to admit that the styling was not exactly the best. And therein is I think quite an important point in practice.

I sometimes find it odd how quickly people can dismiss a collection (whether it be runway or lookbook) based on styling alone. Indeed it is for this exact reason I am interested in reserving full judgement on the Ann Demeulemeester Spring/Summer 2013 collection until I can handle the pieces in person - because the styling was for me a mess, and I really want to be able to examine individual garments up close. In this particular case I do not think the styling was bad, merely that it was a touch off to my eyes, which did change the way I saw the collection until I could examine it by garment rather than by lookbook photograph and styled look alone. Whilst I do not think this was a particularly outstanding Y's collection, I did actually enjoy it far more than I thought I initially would, and as such it is a reminder to always look, then look again, and then look again.

As it is, I am already excited about checking out the next collection, and judging by the teaser below, I am sure I won't be disappointed. 



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10 comments:

  1. I love Yohji's works and do desperately wish I'd pay more attention to him, and a little less of Rick. But it seems like I still prefer to suffer in tight leather shrink wraps.

    The problem I have with Yohji is that if I wear too much of it, I'll look like someone who's nicked clothes from the dad's closet. One thing I have to admit though, he always does androgyny right.

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  2. Second day in Tokyo. I went to Isetan department in Shinjuku today to see my friend. I arrived 40 minutes early to check CDG and Y's(they are next each other)

    And what I saw there was unexpected big clearance sale.All fashion brands in the department has sale from today.The floor was like rush hour.

    Everything was around 40% off the proper price.I could not resist this good deal even though discounted price is still expensive!!

    Anyway,I got one polka dot summer cardhi from CDG.This will be my favorite forever!(I hope)

    I wish I could buy something for my husband but budget run out.Of course get my clothing is my priority!

    By the way,I found one woman who was wearing CDG all her body . Her all hair is white,I guess she is little younger than my mom.She must be valuable customer for this CDG shop because worker was calling her last name.

    I thought she is so cool!You know it is difficult to find hip woman in her age.

    Probably,they will start to sell fall stuffs before I leave.Exciting!

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  3. Oh gosh, that teaser! Can't wait to see the whole thing!

    ~F

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  4. Nothing I'd wear personally but I like the styling here.

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  5. M: Wow, definitely a lucky time to be there! And I do love polka dots (in fact I'm wondering whether or not to buy a CdG polka dot t-shirt this Autumn). And wow, that woman sounds insanely cool. It would be really interesting to talk to her about her love of Comme!

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  6. This my second CdG polka dot clothing.( Sound like I have many CdG clothings but I have just 3 :D)

    If you buy Polka dot t-shirt,please post your photo that you wear the shirt on.

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  7. I feel like the majority of Yohji's designs are unisex. I could easily see a bulk of these clothes photographed at fashion week being worn by men. Except for maybe the skirt with frills, though I could see Marc Jacobs donning it. Maybe.

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  8. I love how the prints peek out from under the black draping. This is the kind of minimalism I'd wear.

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  9. I'm glad you took another look at this. I really like these pieces. In fact, if you remember twitter talk recently of finding some classic suspenders, my own search is over. Because I got an all black version of those suspender pants pictured here! They just arrived! So, naturally, after trying them on I came straight here to let you know, haha.

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  10. I'm glad you took another look at this. I really like these pieces. In fact, if you remember twitter talk recently of finding some classic suspenders, my own search is over. Because I got an all black version of those suspender pants pictured here! They just arrived! So, naturally, after trying them on I came straight here to let you know, haha.

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