Yohji Yamamoto doesn’t merely design black clothing. Though he is generally recognized as the godfather of modern-day dark clothing, Yamamoto has been expanding his oeuvre for years, tapping bold, brilliant colors and unapologetically loud prints for extra impact — Spring/Summer 2019 continues that trend, without sacrificing the classic cuts that Yamamoto is recognized for.
For the warm weather, the Japanese designer introduced a collection of overwhelming volume, balancing enormous coats with graceful, expansive trousers and lengthy shirting. Nothing unusual for Yamamoto, but this range distinguished itself with a variety of bold patterns and prints, including generous floral imagery across shirts & pants, female faces (not unlike his Spring/Summer 2018 line) and plenty of Japanese Kana. Suiting ranged from separate blazers to complete three-piece get-ups, including some ragged leather blazers, offset by panels of the designer’s preferred wool gabardine. Ever-so slightly more casual items included balloon pants, giant tees and Yamamoto & New Era’s now-familiar signature-emblazoned ball caps. Colors traded pure blackness for sandy beige and sky blue, complemented by clean whites, tanned leather and even rosy, washed-out pinks.