My first introduction to Yohji Yamamoto came to pass when I was scrolling aggressively through Pinterest, building a board for all-black outfit references that of course I cannot afford. Thanks to Pinterest (All hail the internet), I managed to create a visual feast of all-black, dreamy designer fits. Plus I stumbled upon Yohji Yamamoto’s Ready-to-Wear Fall 2013 collection which he showcased during Paris Fashion Week for the first time on that platform. In his Ready-to-Wear Fall 2013 collection, he juxtaposed pleats with leather, drapery with furs, and other elements that I’ve never thought would go very well together. In Yamamoto’s hands – all chaos would collide into a balanced harmony. The most prominent thing about Yamamoto’s work that really got me in awe was the silhouettes and the criss-cross play of textures. To me, his pieces always seem to be comfortably loose-fitting, topped with a fine touch of drama. Now think of what Ally Sheedy would look like in The Breakfast Club if her outfits were more on a structured suiting and contrasting textured. That’s just how I personally describe Yamamoto’s character of work : completely wearable, enigmatic, and always elevated.
It takes a next-level of ingenuity to be able to build all-black outfits with distinctive silhouettes and Yamamoto happens to be a maître who is really proficient at that. There’s this quote of his that really resonates with me and I think it would also resonate with most people who wear all-black on a daily basis — “Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy — but mysterious. It means that many things go together, yet it takes different aspects in many fabrics. You need black to have a silhouette. Black can swallow light, or make things look sharp. But above all black says this: ‘I don’t bother you — don’t bother me!'”.
I’m a huge believer of black as the true statement color. It’s just a color that I’m really passionate about — it’s muted, but it can somehow get very powerful. It’s romantic yet feral and violent at the same time. My devotion to black is probably the same as Yamamoto’s and also as yours : it’s almost a spiritual journey which the narrative really empowers us all.
Written By : Natalie
Furniss, Jo-Ann. FALL 2013 READY-TO-WEAR : Yohji Yamamoto. https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2013-ready-to-wear/yohji-yamamoto
Menkes, Suzy. The New York Times. Fashion’s Poet of Black : YAMAMOTO. https://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/05/style/IHT-fashions-poet-of-black-yamamoto.html
The Shop Yohji Yamamoto. https://theshopyohjiyamamoto.com/