February 12, 2011 New York
Y-3 is a performance-based label, but the clothes Yamamoto showed looked readier for braving the elements at the campsite than for hitting the treadmill. The shapes were protective, cocooning around the body, emphasizing volume. For women, giant skirts ballooned under long flannels for a slightly pioneer-maiden look. For men, it was more militaristic: patchwork suits with contrast cargo pockets, army parkas, loose, low padded shorts.
It was a world away from last season's rock-concert collection, and much more successful, too. You never could have seen it coming, but then, with Yamamoto, you seldom can. As he explained philosophically, "A journey makes you change; a journey makes you find something else." Speaking of, his journey with Adidas—the Y-3 collection itself—turns ten this year.