When Yohji Yamamoto showcased his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at the salle Marcel Cerdan, a sports arena in Paris, a sense of drama was present - especially once the spotlights were turned on for the show. There was no dramatic entrance for the models as they emerged on the square catwalk but there was the promise of something new that night at the salle Marcle Cerdan - or at least the beginning of what is sure to be another great season for the Japanese avant garde master.
with casual daywear attire of loosely cut tank dresses, the collection morphed into folded origami dresses and blazers that had frayed hems. Yamamoto lavishly moved on to a series of dresses that flared at the waist with
petticoats underneath, making the girls appear like dolls from a Tim Burton movie - or possessed by unworldly spirits; what with austere faces and straight black bobs.
Some of Yamamoto’s looks seemed of another period, but the collection was ultimately suffused with timelessness. Purple fur trimming added to the back of a dress added a touch of old school glamour whilst pinstripe suits and flared trousers evoked seventies fashion. The best looks had to be those of flared cropped trousers paired with pleated skirts, pea coats and chunky heels. Worn with berets and glasses, these looks by Yamamoto made preppy chic once again.
Photos: Monica Feudi (courtesy of Yohji Yamamoto)