Ever wonder what goes on in those giant Olympic stadiums after the games end? Yohji Yamamoto figured out a way to use them: a fashion show, obviously. And few know how to put on a fashion show quite like Yohji does.
After having shown the men’s collection exclusively in Paris for the past four seasons, Yamamoto took over one of the city’s 1964 Olympic stadiums for his men’s show in Tokyo. The designer apologized to the over 3,200 attendees for having been away from his home country for the past two decades, and declared the men’s collection directly inspired by Japan.
The pieces were black and sleek — with the exception of two wild camouflage suits and a few pops of bright red (an incredibly tailored pant and an overcoat). The clothing had obvious Asian influence in both color choice and cut, most notably seen in his black chinese collar frog toggle shirt.
Yamamoto told WWD of the collection’s message:
“[The men in the show] live driven by thoughts, skills, feelings, and senses, rather than by economics. Economic power is something we [as Japan] don’t need to strive for anymore. We should be putting our energy toward something else. By something else, I mean a beautiful country, a complete country. That is the theme behind this collection.”
The designer is unsure of whether or not he will show again in Tokyo but told WWD that he has plans to open stores in China.