Yohji Yamamoto’s Y’s line focused on what it called “soft yet strong, ambiguous silhouettes” for fall, turning out modern versions of traditional workwear staples in soft, easy-to-wear textures. A spokeswoman for the company said the normalization of virtual working due to the COVID-19 pandemic was one reason for the cozy fabrics and comfortable silhouettes that are as well suited for going out as they are for staying in.

The look: Protective workwear pieces that are typically made in rough, stiff fabrics inspired the shapes, which also included some military and men’s wear influences. But fluffy, brushed textures and reversible construction made the offering versatile and inviting.

Standout pieces: Coveralls in soft flannel converted a normally cold item into something warm and homey, while reversible jacquard wool ponchos and coats envelop the wearer in blanket-like comfort. Another reversible series saw black wool paired with snow white linen for a layered look that brought a typically summer fabric into fall.

Takeaway: Regardless of how the pandemic plays out in the coming months, Y’s has created a versatile range of carefree pieces that will look and feel just as good on a Zoom call as they do at the office or an after-work function.

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