September 3, 2012

Wise

My first Yohji Yamamoto piece takes the form of black cotton/linen perfect wide leg pants with pleats plus attached suspenders in elastic, metal, and leather.

From the Y's collection.



Since I was given the book My Dear Bomb as a gift, my undying love for Mr. Yamamoto's work increased tenfold. The entire second half of the book is filled with quotable passages on garments and design. In Yohji's view, women need pockets, always. Clothes need to give your body room to move and breathe, and they should function well in daily life. Having read about his design principles before ever wearing his garments filled me with anticipation as to how I would feel in them.

These arrived last week. And when I wear them, I feel fantastic.

Yamamoto is concerned with cultivating a useful and practical garment, but the magic of his clothes does not come from a strictly utilitarian mentality. When he writes about his own attraction to women, it becomes clear that the special, captivating magic of his clothes also comes from the desire for a particular type of woman:
"For me, a woman who is absorbed in her work, who does not care about gaining one’s favor, strong yet subtle at the same time, is essentially more seductive. The more she hides and abandons her femininity, the more it emerges from the very heart of her existence."
-Yohji Yamamoto  

8 comments:

sight said...

Beautiful! A sort of Charlie Chaplin Katherine Hepburn mix.
I totally agree with Yamamoto's views on pockets, I can't buy a dress unless it has them, I need some where to put my hands.

Isabel said...

You look so incredibly regal in that outfit, with your long hair.

Low Couture said...

I am so fastidious about everything i wear fitting and falling a certain way, nothing beats something designed well and well proportioned. love the topic of this entry

xxx

Syed said...

A less than erudite phrase, but this looks dope as fudge.

eri said...

it's possible that i've mentioned this before but, have you seen Notebook on Cities & Clothes by Wim Wenders? it's one of my favorite films.

and now i totally want that book!

fox hunter said...

ah this is great! looks super cool :-)

Anonymous said...

that yohji quote at the end of the post is extremely relevant.

Le Bouton said...

loving your style lady!
your pal rachel wandrei showed me your blog.