Yohji Yamamoto Spring 2011

Credit: Vogue.com

Yohji Yamamoto provides a deconstructed Gothic yet refined collection.  It sounds like a contradiction, but Yohji certainly pulls it off.  There’s volume to his looks but they don’t overwhelm the model.  Moreover, there’s tiny peeks of skin that cleverly had a tiny dose of sex appeal to the looks.  Moreover, his bodices add a lovely womanly shape to his dresses which help control the volume.  I love the loose silk draping that loops around to flow to beautifully as the model walks.  But what’s more clever than his black outfits, Yohji carefully controls doses of color that filter through as the collection progresses.  Neon patterns would appear in the leggings or the silk scarves artfully draped around the model’s neck.  He closed with a statement: a tee shirt stating “This is Me” and a neon yellow balloon skirt.

And to top it all off, Yohji sends the girls down with epically ratty hair (there’s almost an art to it), deep red lip, and ghostly white faces.  The hair is reminiscent of the look he had sent down with his last collection (Fall 2010) with adaptation.  There’s no paint and dye in it this time around.  While I would never emulate it, it looks cool for the runway.  It certainly suits the tone of Yohji’s collection.   This entire look must be a Gothic girl’s dream.  It is most definitely way I want to look when I’m feel the Goth look for the day.

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