Yohji Yamamoto's 2016 Fall/Winter Collection Draws Cues From Asylum Seekers

Shirts over puffers, blankets for scarves.

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Yohji Yamamoto‘s fall/winter offerings are perfect for the cold winter battering down right now. With shirts and sweaters over puffer jackets and vests, large blanket scarves engulf the models’ faces and are paired with loose, oversized knits. The entire collection is audacious without being impractical. But underneath the layers are a darker theme, one that revolves around the turmoil in current events. According to Yamamoto, he envisioned a mother piling clothes onto a small child to battle the cold — images that we’ve all seen too much of amidst the ongoing refugee crisis. “Because of the economic condition, I feel like in the world – all the countries – the family is just breaking down. I’m afraid. So, like a kid, I want to shout,” says Yamamoto. Set against the tune of “Stand By Me,” the collection is dark but wearable, and definitely what we look for from Yohji.

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