When it comes to integrating athleticism and edgy modernist designs, no one does it better than Y-3. The collaborative label between adidas and Yohji Yamamoto once again excels at defining the category with Y-3’s 2016 fall/winter collection, showcased at the underground space Entrepote Eiffel at Paris Fashion Week. This season, the range strips down to the essentials, creating sleek, elongated silhouettes that are edged with a distinct industrial aesthetic of rebellious modernism. Drawing design cues from the rave culture and minimalism of the 1990s, the brand fuses together sport styles and impeccable tailoring. Placing powerful silhouettes at the forefront, the pieces are largely rendered in a monochromatic palette of black, white and grey, with vibrant accents of electric orange and turquoise on select garments. Creating a distinct narrative, Yamamoto has divided the range into four distinct stories:
REBUILD: A dichotomy between classicism and rebellion as timeless Yamamoto refined tailoring is deconstructed and reconstructed with rough, naïve, DIY touches, such as industrial zips down the placket of a perfect white shirt.
60 FEET TALL: A confident, ’90s rock-chick energy with long, lean leather pants and draped shirting that exaggerate the silhouette to extremes.
INDUSTRIAL SPORTS: A moody look at modern sportswear: dusty and disheveled yet technically advanced with clean lines.
FUTURE SPORT: A return to Y-3’s roots: style and innovation. Here, a breakthrough fabric reacts to heat by changing colors from black to gray or black to orange, creating intricate marbled patterns within its weave.
To round off the looks, the designer pairs the ensembles with iconic Y-3 footwear models such as the Qasa. Highlighting futuristic profiles and minimalistic construction, the resulting shoes are a streamlined selection of sporty forms. As always, Y-3 seems to anticipate future styles, introducing concepts that contradict conventions and expectations. You can check out images from the runway show above.