Yohji Yamamoto's cult status derives from his blending of contemporary Western tailoring with elements of traditional Japanese dressa combination that was brilliantly explored in his collaboration with Adidas for Fall 2001.
For Spring, Yamamoto returned to some of last season's sports-inspired themes. Athletic bodysuits were worn under lightweight wrap skirts held up with thin shoulder straps; cropped, shiny zip-up blousons gave flowing gowns a streetwise appeal. Yamamoto deconstructed masculine suits by hacking off their sleeves and cinching jackets with decorative bands, or removing their back panels and replacing them with long braids of shredded fabric. Less severe were the floral-printed pantaloons, draped dresses and flowing skirts with pockets concealed in the waistband.
Yamamoto's partnership with Adidas is proving to be an extremely fruitful one. Sneaker collectors will not want to miss out on the fabulous three-stripe high-tops and scalloped-edge trainers.