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At this weekend’s Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography in France, designer Yohji Yamamoto announced that he’s directing his first ever feature film.
If you want to communicate to the world that all kinds of people can wear your clothes, why not send all kinds of people down your runway? That’s what designer Yohji Yamamoto did for his fall 2011 men’s wear show in Paris. To which we have to say: Watch out, Yohji. Your genius is showing.
Yohji Yamamoto is swirling mass of contradictions. So it’s fitting that the first authorized biography of his life wouldn’t be a chronological recounting of his life and influences. That would be too boring.
Designers Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe, and Jean Paul Gaultier were seeing the world in sepia tone for inspiration for their Spring 2011 menswear collection — but why the digression from reality? Were they fantasizing about tales of the vagrants penned by Western authors like Owen Wister and Zane Grey, or were they thinking of hypothetical situations at an eighteenth century gentlemen’s club after-party? Between you and me, we think it’s all of the above.
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.