Yohji's energetic Y-3 line
Yohji Yamamoto's latest Y-3 line is full of energy.
The Japanese designer helms his label as well as his iconic Y-3 collaboration with Adidas. He's also recently teamed up with Matches Fashion for an exclusive three-piece collection, consisting of a classic crew-neck T-shirt, poncho and cotton tote bag.
"For this collection I wanted Y-3 to be energetic again. I said to the team, 'It’s time to change. It’s time to show movement.' We talked about sport and sports clothing. It made me very positive, and I started sketching for the clothing, eventually painting myself in motion," he told Matches.
Each piece is black, and feature Yohji's sketches on them in white. The Y-3 team took the drawings and decided they were the perfect addition to the clothes.
Yohji has been working with Adidas since 2003 and initially saw it as a great way to produce more street-orientated clothes.
"When I approached Adidas it was because I wanted my clothes to be worn on the street. Sport is now everywhere, it influences all my creative work," he explained.
Over his career the 71-year-old has picked up several prestigious industry awards, including the Royal Designer for Industry and the Master of Design award by Fashion Group International.
He shows his main line bi-annually at Paris Fashion Week, with Yohji feeling at home in the French capital.
"Paris has become part of my life," he smiled. "Of course, it’s now my place of work. It’s where I go to show my work."