Tucked away in a dim room below street level in SoHo awaiting the Y-3 show, we sat on rustic benches and music from what could have been a John Wayne film blared from the speakers. We half expected to see a tumbleweed roll by, but instead we saw models properly outfitted for a journey into the wilderness.
Inspired by the idea of escape into the the hills on horseback or by foot, Yohji Yamamoto equipped his fall collection with messenger bags, hooded scarves, leg and arm warmers, short bill caps, voluminous coats and ponchos as well as plenty of neoprene pieces in case of inclement weather.
The collection was rugged yet futuristic with exposed and frayed seams, pops of red and electric blue, structured collars, and materials with a sheen. Yamamoto introduced two new types of fabric this season—Cool Max Wool that’s equipped with an evaporative cooling system, and Diaplex, a wool herringbone that is meant to be like a second skin.
For women, we loved the cocoon-like pleated skirts paired with simple tops and chunky leather belts. On the back of the men’s coats, we loved the stencils of bucking horses and phrases like “Homeward Bound” or “I’m on the Road.” Our favorite look for the boys was an olive green jacket and cargo pants with a colorful tribal print headband.
**All Photos: IMAXTREE