A fashion show is, indeed, a show and who doesn't love a killer soundtrack to accompany the main event? Fall 2011 at Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas' Y-3 had show-goers, including front row stars Grace Coddington, Bryanboy, and Leigh Lezark, grooving to the sounds of gritty Americana twang, train cars and whistles, and raindrops. What a fitting background for a collection that was anything but ordinary.
Construction, per usual, was key. In contrast to the various cutouts and cutaways of the spring collection, fall was about layering, tacking pieces on, angular details and volume everywhere from bubble hems, cocoon dresses and maxi skirts to oversized cowl necks, cozy toggle coats, and men's multi-pocket cargo pants and roomy calf-length shorts.
Yamamoto played with seams this season, showing exposed contrast stitching on women's tanks and coats, followed by men's pants featuring patchwork treatment with raw edges. Though the line showed mostly solid colors of cream, black, red, army green, and khaki, a handful of red and black plaid pieces and polka dot tops mixed things up a bit.
Accessories like large messenger bags, chunky leather-trimmed mittens and low-slung fanny packs were sprinkled throughout, though the arm warmers (think: leg-warmers for the forearms) in red and teal may have been our *second* favorite. The striped, hooded, men's onesie undeniably stole the crown.