While the FIFA World Cup is absolutely a male dominated game, the World Cup inspired collection from Y-3's Spring/Summer 2010 doesn't shy away from performing for the ladies. An eclectic mix of preppy chic and sporty is sent strutting down the runway.
Noteworthy is the great collection of classic outerwear pieces in re-imagined silhouettes. Structured blazers stamped with country flags of the eight soccer federations sponsored by adidas are well-cut and tugs at all the right places; some of the blazers are asymmetrical with a longer tail on one side while some are double breasted and shrunken; a sports jacket gets a white piping and becomes an insta-reminder of CHANEL's classic tweed silhouettes.
The collection of outerwear is impressive, but the over-sized tees with dramatic, flowing proportions are also strong players of the season. Again, adorned with team flags or crests and logos, the tees are also well-cut and some get deliberate ruching for a more modern and avant-garde vibe. Speaking of avant-garde, laser-cut tube dresses are layered over tees, dresses, leggings and some are simply worn in shorter versions as tube tops to reveal and conceal--and in Yamamoto's own words, capture the movement when "soccer players shoot and hit the goal, the net swings into a beautiful shape". These items are paired with chunky strappy sandals, flats or Y-3's usual strong suits in a range of low and hi-top sneakers.
At the end of the show, models filed out in teamed long tank dresses with asymmetrical ruffled bottoms and shot penalty kicks into a massive net which descended from the ceiling. A beautiful collection with detailed focus on movement, visibility and how the fabric and items take shape in action, Yamamoto's creativity, execution and attention to details don't disappoint.