Y-3 Slays the Sneaker Wedge Game With New Styles

Hot off Yohji Yamamoto’s announcement that he is working on his first feature film, the Adidas Y-3 designer has rolled out a new selection of slick wedge sneakers to remind us all that Y-3 was no doubt an early adopter of the phenomenon. 

The minimalist Sukita styles for fall/winter 2012 come in black ($490) and grey ($510), and are both still less expensive (and possibly more practical) than those blogger-crazed Isabel Marant kicks. The darker colors are also more forgiving for those that spend their days trotting through the city. So, everyone. 

Look out for the wedges when they hit stores nationwide in August. (Long-lead, yes, but we like to keep true Fashioneers ahead of the game.)

Photos courtesy of Y-3

Inside Yohji Yamamoto’s First Exhibition in Israel

Yohji Yamamoto is a man of many firsts. The Y-3 designer pioneered the wedge sneaker (yes, there was a time before Isabel Marant’s Bekket and Willow kicks), is as candid as can be in his premier documentary, and is set to direct his first feature film. Now, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of formal relations between Japan and Israel, the prolific talent is the subject of Design Museum Holon’s first-ever solo exhibition. 

This month through October, visitors at Holon’s iconic Ron Arad-designed building can view a retrospective of Yamamoto’s best work, which was conceived by the designer and chief curator Galit Gaon. 80 avant-garde pieces of men’s and women’s garments, including pieces from his first collection in 1977 and memorable looks from his ongoing Adidas Y-3 collaboration, have been unveiled to the Israeli community in an effort to expand their sartorial horizons. 

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"I think eventually what we’re trying to do here is open up the discussion of how you teach people to choose better," Gaon explains to Interview. "After seeing this exhibition, maybe the next time you go select something from a minimal shop you might think again about the details. You might see something else. You might re-look/re-feel the texture and different process of choosing." See more looks here.

The Yohji Yamamoto exhibition is on display now through October 2012 at Design Museum Holon (Pinhas Eilon St. 8, Holon, Israel 58459).

 

 

NYFWeekend: Jason Wu Shines, Alex Wang Stuns

The past 72 hours have been filled with crazy fashion, crazy parties and crazy weather. Amidst watching brave, stiletto-sporting show-goers stumble through Nemo’s slippery slush, I managed to catch some killer shows, presentations and ragers. From Jason Wu and Alex Wang’s celeb-heavy front rows to Chloe Sevigny and Opening Ceremony’s all-girl protest at St. Mark’s Church, here’s what went down. 

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After hitting up Vanessa Bruno’s crazy-packed pop-up shop opening on Thursday night, fashion fiends flocked to Scoop NYC in Meatpacking to toast superstar stylist Cher Coulter’s new collection for AG Jeans‘ Stylist Series. In addition to appearances by Elizabeth Olsen and Liberty Ross, the event featured music by DJ Ms Nix, Tattly temporary tattoos and an AG Stylist Series photo booth. 

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Friday’s highlight was no doubt Jason Wu’s stunning show at 583 Park Avenue, which was attended by Alison Williams of Girls (she’s really fashion-y these days, huh?), Jaime King, Anna Wintour, Miroslava Duma, Stephanie Seymour and tons more fashion faces. As a possible salute to his top client, First Lady Michelle Obama,  the designer’s fall 2013 range was filled with ladylike pieces with just the right amount of edge. Highlights included a luxe assymetrical evening dress in deep red, intricately embellished sleeveless dress that had the FLOTUS written all over them and lots of fur, which, surprisingly, seems to be this season’s strongest trend.

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On Saturday, indie style star Chloë Sevigny took over St. Mark’s Church for her fifth Opening Ceremony collection. Inspired by "the inhibition of youth the follies of fashion of teenagers" and the ’60s protest movements, the exclusive presentation featured a range of badass female artists like Lissy Trullie and Kim Gordon (yes, the Kim Gordon) showing off the designer’s ever-retro wares while performing body-swaying tunes. Standout looks like ditsy patterned dresses, leather midi skirts, motif tights, platform sneakers and seamless bodysuits in collaboration with Emilio Cavallin stole the show. VIPs sipped SVEDKA Vodka backstage.

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Over at Alexander Wang, the designer’s exciting appointment as creative director of Balenciaga inspired a packed house filled with a who’s who of fashion and music insiders. Front-rowers included Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuelle Alt, Anna Wintour, Terry Richardson, Liberty Ross (who’s certainly making her presence known this season), Joan Smalls, A$AP Rocky (this season’s hip hop fashion fixture) and Zoe Kravitz. Not front row? Bloggers and, sadly, Bon Qui Qui. As for the collection, texture was of the essence, as was fall 2013’s omnipresent fur. Offering the ultimate IDGAF formula, the above look featured flat dress shoes, chunky socks, a knee-length leather skirt and a fur hoodie with a hole for your ponytail. Only Wang. 

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Sunday belonged to Yohji Yamamoto’s latest Y-3 collab for Adidas, which featured a primarily black-and-grey palette punctuated by neon orange and green. As expected, Adidas kicks anchored the show and added the perfect punch of color to otherwise muted looks. Yamamoto’s unmatched layering technique and unique perspective on proportion was seamlessly represented throughout the menswear and womenswear range. 

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The weekend capped with supermodel Anja Rubik’s saucy soiree at The Darby, which was attended by the likes of Brad Goreski and an incognito Amanda Bynes. Cult-cool designers like Cushnie et Ochs stayed glued to the dance floor as DJ Sam French and artist/DJ/stylesetter Theophilus London spun hip hop beats by Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Sisqo ("The Thong Song" really got Rubik moving) and Kanye West. Grammys who?

Introducing the DVD Package for Yohji Yamamoto’s Y-3 Documentary

Earlier this year, we told you about designer Yohji Yamamoto’s revealing documentary, entitled Y3 Presents Yohji Yamamoto: This is My Dream. While the Theo Stanley-directed film’s actual release date was under wraps for some time, it’s now been revealed that the DVD is set to hit the adidas diffusion line’s stores nationwide next week – and the package is impressive.

Encased in a box with a matte black finish that mirrors Yamamoto’s minimalist aesthetic, the DVD includes a Y-3 branded aroma candle with a custom fragrance to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of adidas and Yohji Yamamoto’s collaborative work. The soy wax candle is handmade in France and combines scents of patchouli, lavender and grapefruit.

The limited-edition DVD package is priced at $95 at only 3,000 copies will be released globally, so run to your nearest Y-3 store in NYC or LA next week to secure your copy.

Photo: Courtesy of Adidas

Yohji Yamamoto & Adidas Celebrate 10 Years of Y-3 at Paris Men’s Fashion Week

This past Sunday, Y-3 threw down big, hosting a bash at Paris’ historic creative/event space, Maison des Métallos. The special celebration marked ten years of the stylish sportswear label, a popular collaboration between famed Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas, which simultaneously presented its men’s autumn/winter 2011-12. The men’s collection was inspired by the concept of escape, which translates, apparently, into various shades of army green. The drab hue was contrasted with pops of Japanese prints on a variety of bomber jackets, button-down shirts, knitted leggings, and sarouel bottoms. Models paced on a treadmill installation in front of swirling projections of country roads and valleys, trying to, er, escape.

As guests mingled and toasted the end of fashion week, Y-3 screened Theodore Stanley’s documentary This Is My Dream, which traces a candid Yamamoto through his creative process in designing the new Y-3 collection, from start to production. The label also held an exposition commemorating a decade of Adidas for Yohji Yamamoto footwear. Y-3 is slated to present both the women’s and men’s collections in New York this February.

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Fashion Week: Long Lines, No AC, & a Bevy of Brides at Y-3

The line for the standing section at the Y-3 Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas show last night was out of control … as in, an entire city-block-and-a-half kind of out of control. Waiting in the thick of it (what one could term the fashion trenches) and having moved merely a few feet since the time I arrived, I watched as a few people jumped ship. This was, after all, 20 minutes after the show was scheduled to start. (My guess is they booked it to H&M on 5th Ave, or, better yet, the Container Store next door.) I was then forced to listen to fashion banter provided by two college kids just behind me.

Boy: So, is the Prada party supposed to be fun? Girl: Um [laughs] is the sky blue?

Not 15 minutes later, I found myself stuffed into an overpacked standing section. And, as if it couldn’t get better, there was no air conditioning. The especially thick foam-board invites could be seen doubling as fans the room over. I spotted model-turned-fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth readying her point-and-shoot from a seat in the front row. Then came model Freja Beha Erichsen.

The Dane opened what was a relatively classic Y-3 show. To his credit, I will say Yamamoto is the only person who can make wearing a visor look effortlessly cool. Lots of comfy-seeming, covetable jersey concoctions (quite of few of which featured horizontal stripes) paraded past. A graphic backpack that’d be perfect for back-to-school and a sheer cardigan with blue trim for men caught my eye. But the real shock came as Yamamoto sent two final, more formal women’s looks down the runway complete with makeshift white veils topped off with baseball caps. Baseball brides, Yojhji? I would have liked to stick around longer to ponder the choice, but unfortunately, it was just too damn hot.