Yes folks, it’s yet another chance for me to talk about how much I love Yohji Yamamoto! Oh, wait, you get it? Um, alright then. But let me just talk about Y’s?

This could pretty much be a personal style post from me: it’s very in tune with what I wear and, more importantly, what I’d like to wear. I only own a couple of pieces from Y’s, one of which is a vast men’s military coat that’s keeping me warm now the temperature in Tokyo is dropping, but I’m a huge fan of these wonderfully layered and cut clothes and I think I’ll have to invest in a few more key items before long. I think what really appeals to me right now is one of Saint Yohji’s key inspirations; women wearing men’s clothes. I’ve kind of really got into the idea of wearing shirts and ties and bow ties and cravats and jackets and tailoring, so much so that my day-to-day outfit recently has become a white shirt and black trousers, with a scarf/cravat and chelsea boots.

But what does Mr. Y himself have up his exquisitely shapes sleeves for next summer? (I know it feels a little perverse to be looking ahead at light fabrics and sunny mornings, but hey – let this lovely collection sit in the back of your head until the warm weather comes back.)  Next season is just so typically Yohji, I’d be hard pressed not to fall in love with at least half the new looks: rolled up trousers, long outer layers, army boots and some pretty interesting patterned fabric thrown in for good measure – I think that a thumbs up from Telephone Towers is in order!

I don’t really do white, but…!

Love the gradient here – could be paired with Matohu’s shoes for a fade-tastic look.

Totally wasn’t expecting that flower print.

Rebecca’s default summer look.

I’m not usually a fan of these fishtail skirts, but I might have to try one on…

Love the tattered edges; reminds me a little of this winter’s gorgeous gothic catwalk show.

Say what you will; this looks ridiculously comfy. But you may not want to take my word for it – I did purchase a pink fluffy bunny suit as roomwear the other day. (So shameful, but so warm!)

Well, I know what I’ll be wearing next year – how about you?

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2 Responses to Why I love Y’s; Spring Summer 2012 Collection

  1. Barbara Moore says:

    Thanks so much for these pix and comments. I am devoted to Yohji and particularly to Y’s. Over the years I have collected a number of his pieces, and they look as fresh and challenging to the boring norms of female attire– most of it ugly for its desperate attempts to be “sexy”– as they were when I bought them. Sadly, it is hard for me to try on Yohji clothing, and I have actually planned a few trips to Paris literally in order to buy a few Yohji things to bring home. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pieces pictured on your blog. Do you live in Tokyo? Should I make the loooong trip there to get my wardrobe? I hate to fly, but……

    Washingtonian Museologist and Lone Yohji Devotee

  2. Rebecca says:

    @ Barbara Moore – Hi Barbara, thank you so much for your lovely comment! I’m always happy to hear from another Yohji fan 🙂

    Yes, we do live in Tokyo – around 20 minutes from both the Yohji Yamamoto and Y’s boutiques, so I feel pretty lucky!
    Of course I’m a little biased, but Tokyo is excellent for Yohji-buying. Also, if you’re not adverse to some pre-worn pieces, then the second-hand retail market is HUGE in Tokyo and well worth investigating for a vintage Y’s bargain (or several!). Let me know if you’d like some specific names and places, and I’ll do my best to help.

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