Three straight lines gained fluidity with the help of Tao Ye at Y-3’s Paris Men’s show.
Citing their united quest as, “to define and dress one singular object: the human body in motion” Y-3 showed everyone how they achieved that this season with their black blocked collection. Kitted out in super light fabrics, looks flowed surprisingly compared to the strict rigidity we’re used to from model walks. Black is probably the last colour you want to wear in the summer sun but adidas and Yohji Yamamoto’s gang know that for some, there’s no other option. For the committed devotees, Y-3 has given us loose apparel in ballooning thin materials, baggy trousers that look like parachute silk, sheer layers and androgynous shapes.
Yes, it’s ‘sportswear’, of sorts, the sneakers (adidas’ Boost and the Qasa as well as new model, the Kyujo) are a giveaway but the graphic prints of Yamamoto’s self-portraits in motion and open silhouettes elevate Y-3 to the high fashion field, ready to match any of the old fashion houses. Meanwhile the addition of the TAO Dance Theatre, choreographed by Tao Ye, made the event more of a performance than a show, mesmerising in the same materials as the collection, six dancers took to the floor to open the show against a windswept backdrop.