There appeared to be something stuck to the models faces at Yohji Yamamoto’s show in Paris. These ‘something’s’ were thick sculptured beards and moustaches that mimicked Yohji’s in a show that put the eccentric dapper to the test.
The test began with deconstruction, a theme that runs deep with any Yohji Yamamoto collection, male and female. So out came shapeless androgyny of sorts with knitted layering over deconstructed black suits in cable knit and long cardigans and for an extra touch of panache, skirt over layers with fur panelling. This fur element also ran onto shorts and enveloping coats, almost looking animalistic in nature. This theme of animals was also turned in leopard print tops and ties in bold green, grey and pink whilst another animal kingdom member, the zebra created loose trousers on fitted double breasted jacket.
The more the better with Yohji Yamamoto this season, and somewhere under all the layers of fur, wool and leather a man existed with a story to tell, a man who you would pass on the street and take a second to work him out. Perhaps in Yohji’s mind that’s the most exciting man of all for next winter.