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Yohji Yamamoto Menswear A/W11

The images of German artist August Sander were the inspiration for Yamamoto's dignified vision of man

This season Yamamoto told the story of a mid-Western town trapped in time; men who forever wear the high-collared string shirts in which they would go to Sunday Church under woollen trenches of an old world dignity, and boys in wrinkle-pressed pinstripe suits and jumpers bearing pixellated prints of bones and cherries. Yamamoto's sense for quietude and continuity took root from the images of German artist August Sander whose photographic portraits of proud men and women - singular in their approaches to life - demonstrate that the same light of active participation and intellect unites them. Similarly the men who walked this evening for Yamamoto, who represented a cross-section of different ages, ethnicities and forms, served to remind that what is hauntingly beautiful about this designer is his ability to create an intersection where so many people may meet.

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