Presented for the third season in the extensive surrounds of the Park Avenue Armory, it was a decadent rock 'n' roll experience at Y-3, where the collection for S/S 2011 featured a live soundtrack provided by London-based band, The Duke Spirit. Walking the length of the wrap-around catwalk glamorously spot-lit, models were styled as alternately Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and even what appeared to be Billy Idol, sporting classic rock silhouettes. Taking inspiration from three decades of music history, Y-3's looks for spring included lambskin leather motorcycle vests, reworked military jackets and tailored velour suits for men and women in a rigorously tight palette of black, white and red, with occasional bursts of green. Fusing sporty leisurewear with tailoring, the collection saw cropped tanks for women paired with flowing sarong and pleated skirts, and black leggings that erupted into ruffles at the knee. In classic Yamamoto form, Y-3 was all about experimenting with volume - pairing contrasting itty-bitty bandeau strap-like tops with flowing skirts or billowy trousers. Y-3 also paid homage to artist and musician Yoko Ono, printing a selection of Ono's notorious text pieces on unisex t-shirts including, 'Open Your Eyes, Open Your Door, Open Your Legs, Open Your Sides, Open Your Heart, Open Your Mouth.' There was a clear focus on footwear too - Y-3 updated their signature sporty women's pump in myriad fabrics and hues, as well as launching a new 'walk on air' foldable-sole Kubo shoe. Currently in Tokyo wrapping up his 'Femme' collection showing in Paris in October, Mr Yamamoto left a personalised message on the show notes saying, 'I'm a rocker at heart, but work must come first. See you all in Paris!'
Fusing sporty leisurewear with tailoring, the collection saw cropped tanks for women paired with flowing sarong and pleated skirts.