A new season of Y-3 has seen Yohji Yamamoto, the master tailor himself, takes on his biggest involvement in the designs of the season since some of the early years of its inception just in time to coincide with the collaboration’s 15th anniversary.
The highlight of this season has come in the form of The brand new Kiawa, a unique silhouette that channels a variety of inspiration.
The chunky runner still shows a streamlined sensibility with its Orca like qualities, a clean and uncomplicated design that spices it up with contrasting detailing and a mixed material of neoprene and black leather. With its midsole protrusions to the block white foam sole unit, this silhouette has been quoted by Vogue as taking design cues from French artist César’s Expansion
Generating hype since it’s first introduction on the catwalk, the Kiawa looks set to cause a further buzz with the addition of more colourways to join this already heralded initial offering.
Following a similarly deconstructed path and channelling the aesthetics of an adidas staple is the Y-3 Haringane. Brought in to the Y-3 arsenal earlier this year, the NMD-esque racer employs exposed features such as floating eyelets, coloured and segmented sole blocks and a Cable 3 Stripes with rubber accents rope style exoskeleton.
The trail running sneaker is having a bit of a fashion moment recently – alongside the wider trends of normcore, dadcore, whatever you want to call it – as a reclaimed symbol of utility and practicality over style, given new life by the cutting-edge trendsetters of fashion weeks the world over. Given this current climate, the brand new Harigane sneaker from Y3 makes perfect sense: unapologetic in its technical origins, Y3 adopt an ‘inside-out’ approach, putting the sneaker’s inner workings on display for all to see.
With the sneakers taking the limelight with their ostentatious designs, it’s worth the reminder that the Y-3 collection is an all-encompassing package with their apparel boasting equally audacious design aesthetics.
This season’s statement Y-3 Hoodie has offered design cues inspired by techwear as well as initial collections from Y-3. It’s the use of heritage and familiar design features that gives Y-3 the tantalising designs that grab the attention from the get-go.
Boasting a plethora of repurposed vintage detailing, this hoodie comes in a substantial loopback terry fabric and features ribbed panels to the sleeves, hood and pocket. Also featuring overlock stitching throughout, the hoodie is finished with the brand’s signature stacked branding to the back in a mixture of print and stitching.
If it’s pure athleisure you require, Y-3 has got everything through to the basics covered. Look no further than their selection of Y3 3 Stripe Long Sleeve, Y3 Adilette Slide, Y3 Shorts and Y3 Tube Socks
It’s a perfect palette for the fashionable athlete or any fan of their expensive leisure wear.
Alongside the above is an extensive collection of new footwear models as well as the ever-growing base palette of black clothing that the collaboration has been known for. Keep your eyes peeled for more drops from the season and a high profile release or two.