The Yohji Yamamoto collection was sent down the runway to the 1962 James Bond theme music, but the look hardly resembled anything 007. Resembling a crossover from his work with Adidas Y-3, Yamamoto seemed to present us with his interpretation of a construction site of sorts. From paintbrush prints to bright yellow stripes and red piping as a standout accent, it is quite clear the designer wanted to play with “caution” as a theme for the spring summer 2016 collection.
As seen at many shows this season, wide-leg, room pants (almost culottes) walked the runway. Models looked just as comfortable in them as they did in the tighter suits that the designer didn’t want to seem as “business-like”. No worries there, as the suiting were either almost completely covered in strokes of color or included the same type of color treatments on the shoulders and calves of the pants.
With the piping adding a pop of color to an all black ensemble, the vision for this collection was clear: to standout in a crowd. Yamamoto even used drawings of skeletons involved in everyday tasks (like walking the dog) as prints on some of the suits. Fedora hats, black boots, loafers and surprising color block shoes in contrasting colors finished each look.
The caution lines have been drawn. Now it is up to the brave, trend setting men to decide whether or not to cross them.