Yohji Yamamoto turned to Paris Fashion Week to display his emotions and designs for his Fall/Winter 2018 menswear collection. Yamamoto’s collection was beautifully fierce, using specific tones to express various moods.
From shirt dresses to his own portrait on a design, Yamamoto symbolized the challenge of designing your own clothes. The Japanese designer found inspirations within his own culture, using monasticism detailing on his coats.
The tailoring in his coats displayed his originality, with each trench coat paired with a shirtdress hidden under. Yamamoto fashioned the coats to be hung on the left shoulder and a different colored shirtdress positioned on the right. The design seemed two toned and positioned uniquely, replicating the robes of Buddhist monks. The collection included vests, with leather sleeves like a moto jacket, humbling Yamamoto’s traditional edgy designs.
It featured a series of artwork using a portrait of a young Yamamoto, crying with a tear covered by a turquoise gem. Another feature includes a portrait of a face on the right side of a coat, ingeniously using fringe to present the hair. Like storytelling, the coats represented distress in a classic red. It contained Japanese wording, translating as “God Help,” detailing portraits of geishas.
The runway show closed with a series of all black silhouettes and John Lennon’s “Imagine” playing in the background. Yamamoto kept it antiquated, by using transitional knot buttons that stood out on all designs. With his intricate designs, Yamamoto represented the challenges of designing.
Watch: Yohji Yamamoto Pour Homme A/W 18-19