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Yohji Yamamoto Fall 2019 Ready-To-Wear Collection Review

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Yohji Yamamoto Fall 2019 Ready-To-Wear Collection Review
Apparel Quality95
Retail Potential45
Overall Vibe94
Reader Rating0 Votes0
Positives
Darkly Poetic
Impressive Narrative
Coherent Collection
Fascinating Shapes
Lots of Interesting Silhouettes
Exceptional Draping
Beautiful Construction
Negatives
Too Somber a Color Palette
Rarely Wearable
89
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Description
They may seem like giant swathes of fabric that wrapped the female forms, but Yohji Yamamoto's poetic narrative transcends all of that. His Fall 2019 show was an effervescent display of emotion, beauty, and seduction. Though it's a shame we might not see them on the streets, it was already an honor to witness such beauty on the runway!

Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com

“There is beauty in darkness.” Though this is a rather generic saying, it most beautifully describes Yohji Yamamoto‘s exceptional Fall 2019 show in Paris. In fact, beautiful doesn’t’ even begin to describe what the show actually was like. It was wildly fascinating, strongly emotional, extremely poetic, and a little dark. And no, it wasn’t a demonstration of activism as he’s done in the past. This was just a pure celebration of beauty, craft, and romance. First, the parade of midnight-hued column silhouettes that opened the show provided the very few instances of wearable pieces in the collection, and even they would still be quite challenging to navigate in any environment. Aggressively painted swathes of fabrics divinely draped on the models that followed after conjured up a different feeling—an exploration of emotions that was a tad overwhelming, but euphoric nonetheless. And finally, women expertly wrapped in black with only their left eyes exposed to the public presented a sort of classic seduction that was enigmatic and elegant. If only such looks were wearable on the street, then the world can share in Mr. Yamamoto’s exquisite beauty and poetry.

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