Y-3 Spring/Summer 2012

Yohji Yamamoto’s absence did not disappoint the audience of the Y-3 show. His signature style was in full effect. Since its groundbreaking debut in 2003 this collaboration with Adidas continues to dominate the designer sportswear market niche. Asymmetrical cuts, sharp top silhouettes combined with voluminous bottoms, black-on-black color scheme, and max athletic functionality in cotton and jersey blends. All is well. Y-3 is on healthy cruise-control. As a tribute to the upcoming London Summer Olympics, the collection was infused with mischievous British boarding school spirit: deconstructed morning coats, zipped up vests, rolled up pants, ruffled shoulders on tank tops. Global plaid craze carries over from fall-winter trends in red-green, red- gray and gray-brown patterns. In footwear, a fine assortment of classic sneaker styles is enlivened by an introduction of a wedged heel sneaker with an inverted heel. Other collection highlights include transparent outerwear, checkered “start your engines” banner prints, drawstring hems, and multiple bright red ascents from soles to belts to lipstick. Y-3 latest offering should satisfy the public demand for stability from one of fashion’s most avant-garde trendsetters. Alexey Timbul

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