Documentary: This is my Dream
Yohji Yamamoto is my favourite Fashion Designer from Japan or should I rather call him Artist because Fashion Designer is not the appropriate term to describe his outstanding talent.
For the first time Yamamoto tells us more about his personality, his visions and how he creates a new collection in the documentary "This is my Dream". The film team under the direction of Theodore Stanley accompanies the artists from the beginning of the creation process to the design and production with his team and finally to the presentation of a Y3 Collection on the runways of Tokyo and New York.
The Artist gives some remarkable statements about the creation process in fashion and design when he says "I am not interested in Fashion generally, I am just interested in how to cut the clothing." and "Too good harmony is boring, maybe conflict is charming, exiting." In this way the short film reveals Yamamoto´s creative mind and his inner judges and will fascinate fashion insiders and neophytes alike.
Yamamoto, Miyake, Pugh & Vandevorst
If you wanna see Avantgarde in Fashion you have to look at Designers from Japan, UK or Belgium. On the following slides we made a selection of this F/W11 season´s new looks in Paris starting with Gareth Pugh who showed a collection full of tight cuts with leather & metallic materials. Big Japanese artist Issey Miyake presented symmetrical like architecturally designed garements while legendary Yohji Yamamotos showed his version of a positive future with colors in red and transparent elements. Finally we saw the asymmetrical cuts of A.F. Vandevorst with exceptional belts & unique back views.
Functional Sportswear meets Design
Y-3 is the exclusive sportswear line which results from the collaboration of sports industry giant Adidas with top designer Yohji Yamamoto. It´s one of the best examples how the innovative material approach of Adidas and the creative style of Yamamoto result in a mutual benefit for both parties and creates functional wear with a unique touch. See below the video of the new S/S 11 collection and test by yourself the unbeatable comfort of functional styled garements.
Our favorite Blacks from Paris and Milan
Black is back in Summer 11. Despite the trends for colorful collections, transparent skin & beige tones or pure white, many Top Designers present the non color black in all forms, cuts and materials. Our favorite of course for S/S11 is Sarah Burton with her first Alexander McQueen collection. Her dress full of black leaves is the masterpiece of this upcoming trend.
Valentino, Givenchy and Giorgio Armani showed everlasting elegant sometimes transparent looks while Haider Ackermann, Bottega Veneta and Rick Owens presented avantgardistic garments often mixed with leather. Finally Yohji Yamamoto proved once again why he is the master of the Japanese Art of Black. Take a look at the black collections by choosing the link to the Desinger Brand and select your favorite piece.
Color Fireworks in YY S/S11 collection
Yohji Yamamoto surprised with strong colors in his S/S11 collection. Known for his loyalty to the color black and his abstract silhouettes he this time show his romantic side with some beautiful dresses where we can find printed stars on a mix of red, pink, lime, azure, indigo, green, teal and cyan. The analysis of the main color hues, saturation and brightness you´ll find on the next page. What a color fireworks for Spring 2011 from the Great Man in Black.
Since Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto presented the first Comme des Garcons collection in Paris in 1981 nearly 30 years have gone. During this time both created their own brands and had massive creative influence on the European and Global Fashion world. Rei´s former protégé Junya Watanabe followed their success by creating his own label debuting in 1992 in Paris. This year the big 3 Japanese Classics presented their collections in their unique style. While Rei continued her artistic black and white look and sent out a model wearing three jackets at once, Junya showed stripes with gentle blue while Yohji added some lyric romanticism with beautiful colored dresses in yellow, blue and pink dye print dotted with stars. Once again a Japanese inspiration for all of us for next Spring.
The first biography about the life of famous Yohji Yamamoto will be published in October 2010.
The book, entitled "My Dear Bomb", co-written by Ai Mitsudsa, refers to the creative bomb inside Yamamoto and will contain a short fiction, a philosophical essay, a rich description of his savoir-faire illustrated by himself with 100 drawings and finally completed with a detailed biography of his life.
A Must Have for everybody who loves Japanese Avantgarde Fashion.