Punk Icon: Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto SS12London, Milan, New York, Paris and Tokyo: We all know that the fashion shows which take place every year in these fashion capitals are fantastic for showcasing the latest cutting edge designs.


Some collections stand out more than others, but I have to hand it to Yohji Yamamoto this time, for his new Spring/Summer 2012, ready-to wear collection. I have no doubt that his latest works would have turned more than a few heads at February’s Paris Fashion Week.


Recognised for his avant-garde vision, unique cuts, sumptuous draping fabrics, as well as his sharp tailoring; this Tokyo-born designer is a fashion legend, in my opinion.


Though what I really admire about him is his spirit and his desire to not follow other trends, but make his own instead. Yamamoto’s natural-born creative abilities often involve taking a simple garment and completely reconstructing it into something visionary, a masterpiece people haven’t seen before, much like the punks did back in the 1970’s. For this, I feel he is definitely worth a mention in my article as I too, am a fan of having my own unique style to reflect personality.


So, looking to his most recent ready-to-wear collection, themes of androgyny, romance and drama clearly took charge on the catwalks of Paris. With smart-casual pieces that had been reconstructed into masculine, tailored ensembles, loose-fitting layered dresses which screamed femininity, not to mention those other sporty pieces that had yellow zipper detailing for added texture.


Although a gloomy, yet sophisticated colour palette was key throughout, there were also some hints of baby blue, crisp white and muted grey intertwined, which only added to the drama of the clothes.


To contrast with this neutral spectrum, the highlight of the show definitely had to be his royal blue, jersey train dress. With trailing lengths of fabric teamed with military boots and a gigantic black hat, it’s easy to fall in love with this collection, tying into the whole romantic theme too.


The show closed with a bride and groom parading down the runway. The bride elegantly wore built-up, ruched silk layers, coupled with a stunning, retro hat-veil; while the groom sported an oversized bow tie, cropped trousers and yes, electric-purple lipstick… with androgyny taking centre stage, who says punk is dead? Certainly not Yohji.