the closer we got to the historic couvent de cordeliers, the more peeps we encountered solemnly clad in black and toting next generation sneakers. no, the venue of y-3's a/w 2015 collection could not easily be missed. the crowd, waiting diligently on the courtyard, killed time chatting and gawking at new arrivals and a bunch of lanky runway models who had sneaked out for a smoking break. the show was held in the convent's former dining hall, which had been transformed for the occasion in a matching minimalist setting in which only the robust limestone pillars hinted the building's historic age.
an energetic beat accompanied models in y-3's designs for next fall and winter, and once again it was a sleek mix and match of tech and sportswear. both men's and women's silhouettes were classic and tailored with peaked shoulders and cinched waists, and paired with a palette that was inspired by the royal air force: steel blue, dark navy and cool gray, sobriety ruled but in a cool understated manner. keeping fashion matters spicy, these shades were backed up by new interpretations of classic camouflage in bold graphic patterns, emphasizing anew y-3 and creative director yohji yamamoto's commitment to innovation.
the women's pieces comprised of a variety of shapes, colours, patterns, fabrics, and techniques, captured in both short jackets and long coats that showed yamamoto's signature penchant for dramatic volume. the men's designs showed similar characteristics, featuring tailored jackets, trench coats and blousons. an anchoring emphasis had been put on y-3's hugely successful footwear, and the collection showed a new range of must-have models in black and fancy new colour ways, all similarly inspired by the dynamics of aviation. shown here are six looks from y-3's ultra cool a/w 2015 collection that we particularly like.
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