Not many designers work as hard as Yohji Yamamoto. With both a law degree and one of the longest-running, most-impressive CVs in fashion, there’s no wonder he’s held in almost mythical light as a designer. One of Yamamoto’s most successful projects since his first women’s collection in 1972 has been the brand adidas Y-3. Beginning in 2003, Y-3 represents one of the first times that luxury fashion had connected with sportswear, setting the tone for a new era in style.
Fusing Yamamoto’s elegant, couture-trained design direction with the functionality of adidas gives Y-3 a definitive edge in the sphere of fashion-sportswear crossovers, which, nowadays, is an accolade worth fighting for. With the help of adidas, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Y-3 styles available right now to honor of one of the most pivotal collaborations in modern fashion.
Taking inspiration from early basketball styles, Y-3 puts its own, immaculate twist on the basketball sneaker. This completely pared-back style leaves all the focus on the iconic silhouette, only interrupting the simplicity with a Y-3 logo to the tongue.
Y-3 confidently takes the iconic and makes it something new without losing any of its appeal. This Superstar-based design uses a platform sole to make a subtle visual impact.
You’ll find the Terrex Parka somewhere between conceptual haute-couture and technical outerwear. Yamamoto exaggerates the shape of the classic windbreaker and adds a harness around the torso for a sense of asymmetry and unorthodox shape.
We’ve seen high-low hems before, but never like this, and never on a bomber jacket. Yamamoto has a gift for reinventing the classics and this refreshing take on the bomber jacket proves it.
Y-3 never goes over the top to make a point. This simple polo shirt is testament to that; cut from lightweight pique, all it needs is a tonal Y-3 logo to the chest by way of detailing.
At this point, after 17 years, the Y-3 logo is almost universally recognized, and each season we see the staple Y-3 logo pieces return. We’re still not bored of the embroidered logo caps, by the way.
The Y-3 Kaiwa perfectly illustrates the point where Yohji Yamamoto meets Adidas. While this silhouette does feature an athletic sole unit complete with support systems, and a lightweight, paneled upper, the suede inserts and muted color palette show a strong luxury undercurrent.
When fall and winter are setting in, owning a pair of staple track pants becomes essential. This pair from Y-3 is crafted from heavyweight cotton and features a slightly slim cut for a more refined take on the style.
The CL Track Jacket offers a refined take on a sportswear classic. An exaggerated collar gives the piece a more interesting shape while a large Y-3 logo to the reverse finishes the look.
We’re always on board with a natural-color tee because they’re so easy to style. This one features a black-and-white shot of a Tokyo alleyway for a memorable finish.
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