Separate from Y-3, this drop focuses on track wear and court sneakers.

By Balthazar Malevolent


Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto have reunited for the second "YY EXCLUSIVE" launch following the debut of the sub-label last summer. The sub-label is distinct from Y-3, which mainly sees Yamamoto upgrading adidas classics, which is true for the latest collection of footwear and apparel. 

Yohji Yamamoto x Adidas YY Exclusive Collection.Yohji Yamamoto x Adidas YY Exclusive Collection.Yohji Yamamoto x Adidas YY Exclusive Collection.

This drop includes the "YY WINDBREAKER," "YY PANTS," and "YY SC PREMIERE" sneakers, the latter revamping the low-key archive style in a trio of muted colorways fitted with branded leather tags. Black, white/black and black/red versions are offered along with a range of lightweight polyamide tracksuits featuring two-way zippers, raglan sleeves, contrast stitching and externally emblazoned Yamamoto's signature. His portrait is woven inside. 

Expect the next YY Exclusive drop going live with all three "YY SC PREMIERE" sneakers on THE SHOP Yohji Yamamoto's site on July 17. The "YY WINDBREAKER" and "YY PANTS" will have been released on the same website and Japanese retailers in August.

Meanwhile, during the first-ever Digital Paris Fashion Week, Yamamoto has recently issued a moody SS21 lookbook.

Takay, The Japanese photographer, filmed models in Yohji Yamamoto classic uniforms, some with new design twists in an imaginary show with soft and jazzy music and occasional close-up displays to show the details of the signature looks: easily recognizable Yohji styles with the slouchy silhouettes and military uniform garments.

At times the composition of the fabric is shown, informing the audience about the material of an oversize jacket or deconstructed coat. This time a light grey linen jacket with unbuttoned sleeves and partially opened from the shoulder, hanging loose from the body and black linen suits with faded pout paint print, which felt like a street graffiti washed out. A red long coat had an eyeball shaped 'eye' as buttons and Japanese characters lined numerous coat trims, perhaps indicating fashion's capacity for perception.

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