Yohji Yamamoto Womenswear S/S12

Mixing 18th century romanticism with 20th century sportswear, Yamamoto impressed with his usual take on casual tailoring and extravagant dresses

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The Japanese master went down a new route this season, at least compared to recent collections. A romantic and nostalgic take on 18th century French clothing was mixed with ultra modern sportswear details like drawstring, zips and casual trainers. Therein lies his talent; to be able to mix history with future, merge two different epochs and their sartorial values. Volume was a big player - quite literally - in Yamamoto's take for next Spring Summer. Voluminous skirts and dresses came pleated and with frills for extra attention grabbing points. As usual, there was a focus on black and white shades but there were a few colourful spots as with both deep and light tones of purple and blue. But white was still the victorious colour as the final extravagant wedding dress á la 1827 showed. Of course, the bride came out in tennis shoes....

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