F/W 18 CHAPTER 01: SNAPS, SASHIKO AND THE POWER OF A HAPPY ACCIDENT

After the Y-3 F/W 18 runway presentation in Paris, back in January, Yohji Yamamoto spoke of how happy accidents and unexpected moments can lead to results you never could previously have imagined. “[You can] find a new sensitivity, a new balance,” he said. “It’s a gift and [with this collection] we’re enjoying that gift.” For the first of two F/W 18 ‘chapters’ from photographer/stylist duo Angelo Pennetta and Carlos Nazario, that sense of a ‘happy accident’ runs throughout the imagery.

Taking to the downtown area over a period of time that takes in the lazy sunlight of late afternoon L.A., a moody dusk and street-lit nighttime, Pennetta adopts a snapshot-style technique while Nazario lets the considered silhouettes, traditional Sashiko stitching and largely black color palette of Yamamoto’s designs flow freely in relaxed, sportswear style. Sparks of bright yellow, white and navy jump out from the flash of Pennetta’s camera. The resulting images capture a magic that belies their matter of fact backdrops and roughly-cropped framing. It is the magic of a spontaneous moment where everything falls into place, just not as you might have imagined it.