PARIS — A troupe of gymnasts tumbled to the music. Champagne was served in test-tube glasses. And that was just the warm-up for the launch of Y-3, Yohji Yamamoto’s new sportswear collection for Adidas.

Then out stormed the models, dozens at a time, some racing on a suspended conveyor belt, others zigzagging throughout the vast hall that resembled a futuristic Thunderdome. Even though the clothes moved at breakneck speed, there was no missing the three stripes that are the signature of Adidas, (hence the "3" on the label), and the clean but innovative shapes and romantic touches that define Yamamoto’s oeuvre. Throughout, the designer worked those stripes to the hilt, sometimes overtly, creating bold geometry across the body, and at others times with more discretion, as in the gray tank top with three center stripes worn with a neoprene jacket and gray jogging pants. Either way, they looked terrific. But Yamamoto didn’t confine himself to the serious solids that often define athleticwear. Instead, he broke loose with a splash of huge, vibrant flowers for playful separates, and long, beachy tank dresses, perfect for sexy hippies.

To Read the Full Article
SUBSCRIBE NOW

Tap into our Global Network

Of Industry Leaders and Designers

load comments
blog comments powered by Disqus