Ys Red Label A/W 2008

ys red label 2008

This was the second collection for Ys Red Label since it first began last season. Since Yohji Yamamoto himself has gone to Paris, and his daughter Limi Feu went, and Y-3 is in New York, Ys Red Label is probably the hottest ticket of the Tokyo fashion season.

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One look at the guests sitting in the two rows of chairs, or the folks standing (usually friends, customers, and stylists. Dont ask me. I was never invited to shows when I was just styling!) and you can feel their coolness oozing. No salarymen here!

The venue itself was outside; at the Prince Chichibu Rugby Stadium Hall, held right outside the stadium entrance. The lights were all dizzyingly red…but very moody. Very Ys.

The collection was titled “LOVE + HATE” and it was very militaristic, very French Confederate, berets and all. Not to mention completely RED. Hence the name Ys Red Label. I can see the editors getting into a tissy when in a few seasons, designer Michiko Suzuki sends out a bright blue shirt.

The collection had a great sampling of jackets and pants; made og a stiff wool-like felt. And I didn’t get to see it up close so I’m not 100% sure, but they probably used a technique to fuse panels together rather than by stitching them (which i did see up close at the Mila Schon collection tonight. It looks very comfortable to wear and without seams to come undone) such as in those pants with drop-crotches and a horseshoe-like panel in the back that reminds me of a baseball mitt.

In the end, all of the models came out at once in white distressed cotton daydresses and coats- it had an angelic effect.

ys red label 2008

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