Words cannot do this justice. Anyone that may have questioned Yohji’s direction or sense of identity in past seasons will now eat those words.
Yohji is a designer who no matter the market has always stuck by his vision and this perhaps has not always been the best for business. Yet this is something I find so admirable as it shows such a confidence in his design.
I find such solace in Yohji and his timeless garments. Yohji will always be Yohji in most sincere sense and that reliability is unwavering.
This new luxury accessory brand ‘Discord’ by Yohji Yamamoto went on presale earlier this week in Tokyo. The brand itself was launched as a collaboration with Isetan Mitsukoshi but has evolved to be much more. The logo is composed of a series of imperfect lines or scratches which echoes the wabi-sabi of the items themselves.
This is Yohji’s first attempt at making bags in the 40 years he’s been a designer. He assembled a team of female designers to help him determine the right texture for the leather as well as the length of the handles and other minute details.
Yohji does an excellent job of explaining the collection though… “There are so many cool things in Japan. Wabi-sabi (austere refinement and quiet simplicity), ma (intervals), the aesthetic of subtraction and beauty derived from disintegration and distortion are unique to Japan. We have artisans with top-level traditional skills who work for small businesses. If we create opportunities to introduce items created with such spirits to the market, young people might become interested in the creative process and follow the predecessors’ steps. It’s important for people like me, who have been involved in fashion for a long time, to encourage young talent and pass on traditions and skills. To achieve this, I want to emphasize Japanese beauty in my designs. For this, I require your support!”
From the silhouettes to the obvious business of the paintings / prints this collection sees a more frantic side of Yohji. I believe the paintings to be a collaboration with an Artist although I will update with that information later.
It’s a gorgeous collection though and certainly pairs well with the Men’s collection presented earlier this year.
Although the Women’s is the clear favorite in my mind.