7 posts tagged "Y-3"
Thanksgiving has come and gone and after days of excess, the other shoe is about to drop—the running shoe. But heading to the gym or the park doesn’t have to mean ditching style. Runway newbie Elise, a hot newcomer at Ford, knows how to balance fashion with fitness. Snapped by Vanessa Jackman during Paris Fashion Week—she had just come from a workout—Elise paired on-trend track pants with blue sneakers and a chic leather jacket. Recreate her look and get in shape with the essentials below.
From top left, below:
1. Jay Ahr silk track pant, $1,061.48, available at www.farfetch.com
2. Helmut Lang leather jacket, $1,230, available at www.stylebop.com
3. Y-3 Wing sweatshirt, $315.34, available at www.farfetch.com
4. New Balance 501 sneaker, $59.95, available at www.dsw.com
Alejandro Ingelmo is certainly not the first designer to get on the fashion sneaker bandwagon—names like Isabel Marant, Y-3, and Marc Jacobs come to mind. But the Cuban footwear aficionado is making moves when it comes to his best-selling Toby low-top sneaker, which, up until now, was only made for his male clientele. Following high demand from the ladies who love his line, Ingelmo is offering a more feminine version of the design. Feast your eyes on the Toby’s latest incarnation, done in a gray leopard velvet with black leather piping (pictured). Conveniently, with croc so hot right now (see today’s In the Mood For), the sneaker also comes in an embossed crocodile velvet, with the same $395 price tag. The Toby hits the designer’s store and Web site in July.
The gridiron faceoff was fierce yesterday for Super Bowl Sunday, but so was the catwalk competition at ACW Worldwide’s model call for the casting agency’s Fall 2011 New York shows. The lithe and the leggy arrived to try for a spot on the New York runways (ACW casts Thakoon, Y-3, and Jen Kao, among others), and even past success is no guarantee of a good placement. “I was very lucky,” said Kat Hessen (above left), who had a knockout debut Spring 2011 season walking Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Prada, and Miu Miu. “But the second season, you never know. You no longer have novelty on your side. It’s almost like you have to prove yourself.”
“There’s so many new stunning girls each season, but you want somebody that’s not a robot,” explained agency founder Andrew Weir of the process. (Those who want to go deeper into the casting world can also check out his newly launched blog, Weirdiary.com.) “They mostly start so young; many of them have nothing to say yet. But sometimes you’ll meet a young girl who has this amazing style at an early age.” Iris Egbers (Supreme) and Alex Yuryeva (Silent) were two newbies that caught his eye.
There were, of course, catwalk veterans like Rose Cordero (above right), Jourdan Dunn, Eugenia Mandzhieva (above center), and Sophie Srej, too. It was also nice to see a concerted push toward more diversity in the field. Compared to years past, there was a noticeable uptick in young Asian and black models (Li Ming and Melodie Monrose stood out). “That is something that is really exciting,” Cordero enthused. “There used to be certain clients who never hired black models. But ever since Italian Vogue started casting us, it’s been amazing. It really started with that.”
For all the exotic names and new faces, there was only one that created something of a frenzy. Crystal Renn, with her notorious curves (or purported lack thereof), had the casting practically at a standstill. The Ford model, who was game even for an impromptu photo shoot with the press, stopped to chat. “In modeling, there’s not much freedom,” Renn said of her not plus-size but not stick-thin frame. “If you started with a size 35 hip, you’re expected to stay that way. I made a decision in my career to let my body be where it wants to be. I know they say that this industry is all about looks, but the key thing is what I have on the inside. It’s what sets me apart.”
It’s been ten years since Yohji Yamamoto first collaborated with Adidas, a collaboration which eventually became the full Y-3 collection. On the last night of men’s fashion week in Paris, Adidas set out to celebrate the decennial at the city’s Maison des Métallos, where sneakers from throughout the partnership’s history were on display and a film the German label commissioned about Y-3′s Spring collection, Yohji Yamamoto: This Is My Dream, was projected on the wall. The Japanese legend himself was under the weather and couldn’t attend but his collaborator, Adidas Sports Style (a division which includes Y-3) creative director Dirk Schoenberger, was happy to hymn him in his absence. “Working with Yohji is working with one of the few iconic designers alive, basically,” Schoenberger said, praising his “unique voice” and the alchemy of mixing his vision of fashion with sportswear. Speaking of that admixture—what, then, to expect of Y-3′s next collection, which will be shown in New York in February? The creative director was shy on the topic. “I don’t want to give away too much,” he demurred. But those looking for a preview needed only look to another chamber of the space, where, on a mini-runway, models in groups of fives walked in place on embedded treadmills (a very clever combination of fashion and sporting, that). There were tailored pieces like a black blazer featuring sporty nylon sleeves and varsity-jacket banding at the waist and cuffs, and Fair Isle knits scattered throughout, whether as a soft-looking hoodie or the sleeves of another, blue blazer.
With the World Cup fast approaching, there’s been a veritable scrimmage of fashion labels racing to cash in on soccer mania. Not Y-3, which has been feeling footer since the beginning—but that doesn’t mean it’s immune to a little timely expansion. The Yohji Yamamoto-designed, Adidas-produced label recently opened its doors in Hong Kong, inaugurating a new retail space in the city’s K11 Art Mall. Yohji Yamamoto and a truckload of Asian celebrities were on hand to check out the store and a presentation of the Spring 2010 Y-3 collection, which offered an abstract interpretation of World Cup dressing. That meant creating abstract flag motifs in the colors of the eight Adidas-sponsored soccer federations worldwide (South Africa, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, France, and Russia) and limited-edition trainers for the guys. For womenswear, voluminous skirts and platform sandals didn’t exactly suggest field-readiness, but with Yamamoto, it’s the inspiration—not necessarily the execution—that’s ready for the pitch. Case in point: his laser-cut tees (modeled here by Chinese catwalker Du Juan, pictured with Yamamoto and actor/musician Andy Lau) inspired by the shape of the swinging soccer net after a point is scored. Gooooal!