by Ben Knight Evans .

Paris Fashion Week: Yohji Yamamoto

This evening's Yohji Yamamoto show was predominantly punk in theme, with generous historical reference. Formed largely of fabrics that both cloak and reveal (read: crochet, voile and broderie anglaise) mostly in black with the occasional burst of crimson and khaki, the collection spliced in elements of historical dress such as the bustle, crinoline and stomacher in ever-intriguing ways. The show was seemingly similar in theme to the punk ethos in a 'trashing one's forefathers' sort of way, yet such respect, thought and care was applied to the treatment that the atmosphere was infinitely more refined and positive.