There are some truly special designer items that are hidden in the treasure trove of my mother's somewhat chaotic cupboard. Finding true international designer pieces that are not hugely expensive would be impossible without some second hand boutique stores that focus on good quality fashion at a reasonable prices. Over the years my mother has found some gems at Salou, a second hand boutique that was in Sandton. Sadly it is now closed, leaving a large hole in our hearts, if not our cupboards! It is stores like Salou which put this Yohji Yamamoto shirt within reach of this clothing ambitious 21 year old.
Yohji Yamamoto, for those of you not familiar with him, is a Japanese designer who along with other Asian contemporaries, Kenzo and Issey Miyake, is responsible for Asian design's focus on exhibiting the body through the art of concealment. This aesthetic stems from the geometric forms of the kimono. For these designers, the body itself became a work of art through creating new proportions through clothing.
Much like in the Japanese tradition of fashion, fabric for Yamamoto is foundational to his design and it this superpositioning of clothing is what best defines his silhouette. Yamamoto is considered the master of cutting where the fabric is what inspires the garment. Rigid material is transformed into angular design and flowing fabric morphs into soft flowing forms.
When I think of Yamamoto, I think of his aesthetic with destructured forms that have now become more structured with fitted silhouettes. All in the spirit of couture with an Asian twist! For me this outfit is all about the structure of the shirt with the volume of these Whistle trousers found in London. While the shirt looks very slouchy, it's structured with a collar that can be rolled up or down, transforming it completely. I love that this outfit is all about confidence and working a look that can easily look dumpy and unflattering. Perhaps it's a little bit Japanese school boy?
|The heels help balance the pants especially |
when you have height issues like myself!
|Love the two tone fabric and the subtleness of the back.|