By  on March 11, 2010

TOKYO—Yohji Yamamoto is returning to the runway to present his men’s collection and he’s doing it in on his home turf.

Yohji Yamamoto Inc. said Thursday it will stage a men’s fashion show here on April 1. A spokeswoman said it’s too early to disclose details since the designer is still working on the collection but the show won’t necessarily be specific to the fall-winter season.

The company has halted its men’s shows in Paris for the past two seasons in favor of showroom appointments.  As reported, financially troubled Yohji Yamamoto Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection last year. Japanese private equity fund Integral Corp. subsequently took control of the house and is restructuring the business.

The Tokyo show is considered a one-off event for the moment, the spokeswoman said.

Yamamoto launched his first men’s collection in Paris in 1984, a few years after he decamped to the French capital to show his women’s wear creations. The company said this is the first time in 19 years that the designer, known for his avant-garde tailoring in his signature black, has presented a men's collection in his native Tokyo.

“I… have been [absent from the] Tokyo fashion shows for almost 20 years,” the designer said in a statement. “The men’s fashion is suffering in Japan, so I hope to light a fire.”

The show, which will take place at one of Tokyo’s historic Olympic stadiums, won’t coincide with the city’s official fashion calendar. Japan Fashion Week caps its four-day run on March 26.

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