For Autumn/Winter 2012, Y-3 treks through the steppes of Central Asia, blending tradition and modernity for a fusion of styles and shapes inspired by nomadic culture. Shown in New York’s Soho district on Sunday, February 12, 2012, as part of New Yorkfashion week, Y-3’s collection took its audience on a wild and rugged journey from the future to the past, all in the essence ofYohji Yamamoto, the label’s designer. Y-3 explored the ways in which ancient nomadic tribes combine elements of traditional,ethnic dress with contemporary sport clothing—a look no doubt influenced by the presence of Western wanderers visiting the region. The result was an inspired take on winterwear, combining the futuristic sport style of adidas with a romantic vision: long, dramatic wool coats, sumptuous shearling jackets, nubby fleece knits, and fierce leopard prints. Models walked the runway to music from the Black Keys, Little Barrie, and the Derek Trucks Band while a front-row crowd of Idris Elba, Isabel Lucas, Anton Yelchin, Clemens Schick, Martina Codecasa, and Mary Charteris looked on.
The collection found its origins in the idea of a nomadic existence and the very basic human need for protection, comfort, and beauty. To wit, the clothing emphasized texture, color, and silhouette, from chunky fleece knit sweaters and oversize plush shorts to bold tones of claret and jade to billowing capes, coats, and ponchos. As always, Y-3 placed an emphasis on modularity, featuring zippered lapels on jackets, removable felt collars and cuffs on shirts, and Velcro coat pockets that can be shifted around at will.
“There is poetry and elegance to the way nomads dress,” Yamamoto said. “I want to capture that feeling and make it modern.”
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK | AW 2012-13 | Y-3