The “Star Spangled Banner” shook the stadium and crowd into attention at the Uptown Park Avenue Armory Building on Sunday as Y-3 opened its show for Spring/Summer 2010. A mix of modern beats with national anthems served as a colliding musical backdrop for the collection, playing fittingly along with Y-3’s signature of mixing fashion, sports and the avant-garde into the same palette.
As the collection coincides with the FIFA World Cup coming up next year, the collection is heavily inspired by soccer and the upcoming game. Modern shapes, pieces and silhouettes such as structured blazers are stamped in loyalty with flags of soccer federations sponsored by adidas. Team tees and tanks are paired with loose soccer shorts of dramatic proportions and some are layered with laser-cut netting that are highly reminiscent of soccer nets.
Team spirit aside, Y-3’s Yohji Yamamoto also plays with classic items such as plaid button downs and trousers but gives them theatrical makeovers. The plaid shirts are extended in length to skim the knees in fashion of a trench coat; other outerwear such as hooded jackets and cardigans are also treated with the same lengthier silhouette.
Taking our focus off the apparel and onto the feet to check out sneakers that Y-3 is also coveted for, a range of hi-top sneakers, skimmers and cleats adorn the feet of models. Cleats get more avant-garde this season with an oversized tongue that is removable. These are limited edition trainers in classic field style that also feature colorways inspired by each country’s national flag.
A popular and bustling show with names such as Devon Aoki, Rufus Wainwright, Lupe Fiasco, Russell Simmons and French soccer player, Zinedine Zidane studded the crowd. As a finale for the show, Yohji Yamamoto and Zinedine Zidane performed a penalty kickoff into a massive soccer net that descended from the ceiling.