YOHJI YAMAMOTO FALL/WINTER 2016
YOHJI YAMAMOTO - FALL/WINTER 2016
The master returns for Fall/Winter 2016, known for his love of a black palette, deconstructed silhouettes and for his nonchalant ease, Yohji Yamamoto presented his latest collection during Paris Fashion Week. Drawing inspiration from childish memories recalling a mother piling clothes onto a small child to battle the punishing winter temperatures. Heavy layers featured throughout with duvet-sized scarfs, ringer tee's and shirting stretched over densely padded and quilted outerwear paired with loose fitting cropped pants and pleated skirt layers. Accents of primary colours break the mould of the dense black palette adding a childish playful aesthetic.
“It’s a kind of joke,” said Yamamoto. “The kid shouts, ‘Mother it’s cold! It’s cold!’ So she puts everything on. And at the last moment she puts a T-shirt over it, too.”
Nightmarish, illustrations bearing slogans such as “Let Me Eat You” and “Corporate Motherfucker” evoke a sense of childlike vulnerability, something we, and Yohji, have been incessantly reminded of given the ongoing refugee crisis. “My theme is Stand By Me,” said Yamamoto. “Because the world is such a mess. So we Stand By Me. This is the scream of teenagers. I feel like all the world, breaking down.”
On face value this seems like a difficult collection for the average consumer, regardless of the powerful sub text, but once picked apart this is a rather subdued and highly wearable collection for Yohji's standards... once again we tip our hat to the master.