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Yohji Yamamoto

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CASUAL FORMAL

Paris:  Yohji Yamamoto was in a mood to dress his men up in a romantic way for S/S 11. Channeling versions of formality from various moments in history, the designer sought to show that even a little grandeur from the 18th Century can look modern and wearable. High necklines informed almost every look, while pant silhouettes ranged from slim and cropped to a billowing carrot shape. Even though the dramatic designs look bit costume-y at first glance, important lessons about the contemporary direction in menswear could be learned by observing key elements like washed fabrics, casual tailoring, relaxed fits, tone-on-tone styling and pieced constructions.

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