The S/S19 show
Y-3 Spring/Summer 2019 is born from Yohji Yamamoto’s obsession with “air between the body” and adidas’ devotion to movement by engineering apparel and footwear for the human form. The collection pushes the limits of innovation, technology, and functionality to create light-as-air garments inspired by parachuting and sailing while guided by Yamamoto’s signature aesthetic of billowing volume and controlled proportion. To achieve a bold yet clean look, Y-3 acutely focuses on material mix and fabric development, incorporating GORE-TEX®, light nylon, engineered patchwork mesh, tech cotton, Adizero, and high stretch. Pieces are reversible, packable, and, above all, lightweight in order to provide maximum utility. Presented at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Palais du Louvre on June 24th, the collection stood in stark contrast to its classical surroundings. As models walked the Musée’s marble halls, their clothing filled with air and seemed to take flight, gliding over their bodies with ease. The collection unites the seemingly contradictory worlds of sport (engineered garments, intensive performance) and high fashion (unexpected volumes, fluidity, tailoring) all with the unmistakable look and feel of Y-3. Central to this concept is the use of breakthrough materials that are lightweight yet strong and functional, including SHAKEDRY™ GORE-TEX®—the lightest GORE-TEX® in the world—which serves as the foundation of hooded unisex utility jackets and long coats. Nylon twill comprises a wide range of the collection’s trousers while spandex jersey makes for dramatically exaggerated women’s skirts, dresses, and jumpsuits. The collection’s color palette includes classic, minimalist Y-3 shades of core white, black, and red along with seasonal highlights such as salty champagne, kumo grey, and petrol green. The signature Y-3 stacked logo evolves with Yamamoto’s ironic humor, this season incorporating heart and skull motifs—the former referencing the love between adidas and Yamamoto, while the latter evokes a darker take of the season’s sailing inspiration. In the show’s dramatic finale, long, parkas and dresses are printed with a mock Y-3 spinnaker, a type of sail designed specifically to move downwind. In footwear, Y-3 similarly redefines contemporary design and fabrication.
Watch the show film