Monday, September 14, 2009

Y-3 2010 Spring/Summer Collection

Hot on the heels of Alexander Wang's all-American football-inspired collection, Y-3 (a longtime collaboration between adidas and Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto) took style and sport to the next level when they turned their runway into a soccer field at New York Fashion Week yesterday evening.
The national anthem played. An enormous net came down from the ceiling. And five models carrying Y-3 soccer balls all had a chance to kick them at a poor unsuspecting photographer, randomly picked from the pit to play goalie. Yohji himself came out a few seconds later, two balls in hand, and grabbed French soccer star Zinedine Zidane from the front row of the audience.
Netting itself was integrated into the collection with lots of airy (and body-exposing) pieces. These worked best when worn under tailored separates, like some great suspendered pants. Jackets came with nationalistic shield patches, pants were often of the harem variety. The combination of structure and flow, say a blazer over a long dress, or the juxtaposition of draped jersey tunics and stiffer cotton pants, was particularly effective.

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