Yohji Yamamoto showed just why he’s a sports authority with his Y’s collection. Martin Margiela, for his part, says two skirts are better than one.
Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto: Since signing his Adidas deal, Yohji Yamamoto has been fascinated with both the uniforms and the people of a workaday world. Last fall, his signature collection boasted a battalion of Rosie the Riveter types in their overalls and jumpsuits. Now, with the Yohji Yamamoto collection being shown during couture, the designer hopes to build business at Y’s. And so for spring, Yohji headed right back and took a double-dip into that workwear pool, playing the uniform thing to the hilt.
The first two models stepped out, peeled down their coveralls to the waist and knotted the sleeves in a droll bow as the soundtrack whined, "We are the robots." Then, like widgets rolling down an assembly line, out came the rest, in a glut of oversized pedestrian gear, à la the grease monkey and suburban drone alike. There was a slew of tank tops, some with their necklines sloping off to one side and others stitched up with hasty repairs, that topped baggy pants, some graced with pouch pockets big enough to carry home the groceries. And speaking of big, that’s exactly the way Yohji cuts his trench coats and dark, hunch-shouldered suit jackets.
While it didn’t look as fresh on the runway the second time around, Yamamoto made his point — Y’s is full of wearable clothes. And at a new price level — between 20 and 30 percent lower — the designer is sure to snag a lot more fans.
Martin Margiela: Love, or something like it, is in the air, and now even Mr. Austerity, Martin Margiela, has sexy dressing on the brain. It’s not bombshell sexy — miniskirts and corsets aren’t his thing, of course — but his spring collection was full of clothes that make tentatively provocative gestures.
Models wore two circle skirts, one for modesty’s sake and the other lifted high and pulled overhead to fashion a draped halter top. In fact, most of Margiela’s chicks just couldn’t keep their hems from flipping up or the tops of their dresses from flipping down. They wore doubled dresses with the top layer hiked up high to reveal the one underneath, and lacy slipdresses worn as skirts with their top parts dropped and hanging. Margiela’s industrial striptease meant that even the craftiest looks, like a bustier made from stacked shoelaces or a zippered top veiled in tulle, had a certain steam.While Marilyn Monroe standing on a subway grate it was not, Margiela is inching toward something new. He’s left the bulky, Eastern Bloc look behind and managed to bring a little perkiness to the discipline of deconstruction.
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia