September 07, 2007 New York
Inevitably, the collection is most interesting when it's most reflective of Yohji's sensibility. Here, for instance, there was a cupro jacket, and some printed rayon pants that could have stepped straight out of a Yamamoto collection. Besides that, there has always been a curiously fundamental compatibility. The ease of high-performance sportswear gels with Yohji's manipulation of traditional Japanese workwear: pull-on pants, drawstring waists, even a voluminous duster. Beyond such conceptual subtexts, there was enough primary-colored workout wear in this collection to keep trendy gym bunnies happy around the world. And the accessorieswhich were ultimately the reason why Adidas could afford to subject West 22 Street to its own private typhoonwere covetable, especially in silver.