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Yohji Yamamoto

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THIS IS ME

Paris: The soundtrack to Yohji Yamamoto’s show helped to convey the dichotomous inspirations behind his collection. With the music flipping back and forth between “Purple Haze” and “Ave Maria”, the collection jumped from deconstructed Edwardian pieces to psychedelic prints and fringed scarves. Bustiers and hoop skirts with jagged or asymmetric hemlines opened the show and were styled with slim black pants or precise button-up shirts. A series of shirtdresses was expected but still beautiful in its simplicity, with plunging necklines exposing gathered bandeau tops. A dusty green full-skirted dress with luxurious billows of sapphire and plum fabric blooming from the hips signaled a switch in the show. Next came the eye-popping prints, used for leggings, full skirts, jacket linings and long scarves. Yamamoto, an avid guitarist, used the print as an homage to Jimi Hendrix, who died 40 years ago last month. With this sincere dedication, the designer seemed to be in an openhearted, self-reflective mood, which could be an explanation for the final look – a yellow skirt that resembled an inflatable pool toy paired with a t-shirt emblazoned with the words “THIS IS ME”.

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