2008 September 8
Y-3 - New York Spring 2009
(NEW YORK) It’s an unusual concept, the collaboration between an avant-garde Japanese designer and a mainstream athleticwear company; the outcome usually comes out along the lines of fashion-y sweats, neither very practical nor aesthetically pleasing. This season, Yohji Yamamoto walked the line between Y-3’s athletic roots and a more sophisticated style, opening with tailored pieces like vests and jackets. Those pieces were successful; it was in the attempts at formalwear that Yamamoto started running into problems. If anyone could pull it off, it would be Yamamoto, but maybe chiffon just doesn’t belong in the same look as a hooded sweatshirt. His two closing looks, wedding dresses in black and white, were topped by long white veils attached to baseball caps. Judging by the slew of celebs like Ellen Pompeo, Sean Paul, Peaches Geldof, and Vincent Gallo in the front row, Y-3 puts on a good show, but as far as fashion goes, it doesn’t quite fit.