Y-3 Kasabaru
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Kasabaru marks a new chapter in Y-3 footwear. Lightweight nylon set against resillient Japanese rubber creates a study in contrast and a breakthrough in comfort.

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S/S19 CHAPTER 03
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In the Y-3 Spring/Summer 2019 collection, designer Yohji Yamamoto explores his obsession with “air between the body,” setting new standards of volume, shape, and proportion. His inspiration originates in the worlds of sailing and parachuting, which manifest in ways both literal and abstract.

Last June, in the runway show’s dramatic finale, models strode the catwalk at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in apparel printed with a colourful Y-3 spinnaker, a type of sail designed specifically to move downwind. This all-over-print translates the kinetic energy of the collection into easy, wearable pieces, including ponchos, jackets, and T-shirts.

On the body, the Sailing Poncho creates a sense of lightness and lift. Crafted from sleek satin with a water-resistant finish, the statement-making voluminous piece features draw cords at its collar and hem, allowing for a personalized shape. The Packable Jacket serves as both style and utility, packing down into a zipped “parachute” pouch that features a Y-3 logo label on its front. Finally, the Football Shirt redefines a familiar sport silhouette with technical details, a lightweight, breathable perforated fabric, and contrasting Y-3 logos. The poncho and jacket arrive in a multi-tonal taupe and green combination called salty champagne, while the football shirt is available in five colourways: parachute black, core white, sail petrol green, salty champagne and burgundy.

In corresponding campaign imagery, photographer Angelo Pennetta and stylist Haley Wollens capture a cast of Y-3 faces outdoors in Malibu against a blue-sky backdrop. The collection’s loose, summery spirit comes to life in playful, offbeat, fleeting moments between the models. Their AOP apparel pieces seem ready to set sail—precisely as Yamamoto intended.
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YOHJI YAMAMOTO
YOHJI YAMAMOTO
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Yohji Yamamoto is known for the avant-garde spirit of his clothing, His signature oversized silhouettes in black often feature drapery in varying textures.

Born in Tokyo, Yamamoto graduated from Keio University with a degree in law in 1966. His mother was a dressmaker who had a shop in in Kabukicho (an amusement and entertainment district in Tokyo’s Shinjuku). After graduating, he realised a law career was not for him. “I didn’t want to join the ordinary society,” he told BoF. “So I told my mother after graduation…I want to help you.” Yamamoto’s mother agreed to let him work at her shop, saying he could learn from the sewing assistants. At her request, he also enrolled at Bunka Fashion College, now famous for training designers including Kenzo Takada, Junya Watanabe and Yamamoto himself.

After graduating from Bunka, he received a prize to go to Paris for a year, but it was back in Japan that Yamamoto began to discover his true voice as a designer. He set up a small ready-to-wear company that slowly acquired buyers in all the major cities in Japan. The success turned his thoughts back to Paris, and at the beginning of the 1980s Yamamoto returned to the French capital to open his first shop.

Since then, Yamamoto has developed a dedicated global following. His two main lines Yohji Yamamoto and Y's are stocked in high-end department stores worldwide and, in 2007, clocked sales above $100 million, according to the company. Yamamoto's other lines include Pour Homme, Costume d'Homme and Regulation Yohji Yamamoto.

Yamamoto has been recognised for his contributions to fashion with awards including the Chevalier of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, the Ordre national du Mérite, the Royal Designer for Industry and the Master of Design award by Fashion Group International.
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