How can something be so profuse and so completely spare all at once?

That is true beauty.

And Yohji Yamamoto is the master of this dichotomy. His avant-garde, Asian-influenced style often reminds me of a label that is a little closer to home – Pure Solid 13. With their emphasis on unusual silhouettes and detailing – pleating, voluminous shapes, interesting hemlines – they maintain a similarly complex simplicity. Or a simple complexity.

Either way, his aesthetic is pure design inspiration. It translates so vividly – you can just imagine the origami-like folds of one of his dresses reinterpreted as a light fitting, or his strange shapes reimagined on canvas or in an installation.

I’d kill for a Yamamoto tailored shirt or a pair of his billowing pleated harem pants, which he did in conjunction with Adidas.


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