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Backstage at Yohji Yamamoto AW14Shot by Jacques Habbah

Yohji Yamamoto AW14

Hypnotic manga fantasies come alive in voluminous cocoon coats and decorated leather

Initial reaction:

Manga fantasies played out on the runway.

Prints please:

Acid coloured trolls and one-eyed demons became part of a hypnotic Japanese manga print that adorned enormous goose down padded coats. While hand painted illustrations of astronauts and leopards decorated leather coats.

The look:

‘Hair’ was crafted from coloured wool into extreme shapes, like abstract paintings. Each model was marked with black paint around their eyes, like fantasy warriors.


This season it began with extreme cocoon-like volume, where garments quite literally engulfed the models before transitioning into longer knitted dresses closer to the human form, with loose threads that hung off the body.

Hidden details:

Printed manga mittens like baseball gloves, and floral wool patchworks felted into black jackets.