There's just no stopping or even slowing down Y-3. Coming off a sizable Fall/Winter 2022 delivery, the partnership is already in Spring/Summer 2023 mode with a fresh batch of sneakers.
First up is adidas and Yohji Yamamoto's SS23 Gazelles, which emerge in a familiar tonal look. Seriously, it looks almost identical to the duo's AW22 iteration, minus a few subtle changes.
On the latest Gazelle, you'll notice an emphasis on stitching, evident in the Three-Stripes realized in embroidery and the loose threads hanging throughout the upper.
The design concept nods to the Japanese sashiko, a traditional sewing style used to not only create decorative patterns but repair apparel or cloths.
Whereas some sewing techniques are meant to be concealed, sashiko, which means "little stabs," is purposely made visible to emphasize functionality and style — two words that also sum up the essence of Y-3.
This isn't the first time Y-3 intentionally forgot to tie up its loose ends. If you recall, the partnership's 2013 Super Position sneakers also boasted a similar design with red string (heads up: there's a size 11 available on Grailed as we speak).
Aside from the stitching, Y-3's Gazelles preserve most of its AW22 details like the suede construction, stealthy aesthetic, and Y-3 branded heel tab.
The recognizable Yohji Yamamoto branding also strikes the upper again, this time in a silver coating.
Additionally, a Y-3 Superstar shoe joins the Gazelle, naturally following the all-black vibe with a monochrome look and deliberately unfinished stitching.
As of January 13, Y-3's SS23 Gazelle and Superstar sneakers are currently up for grabs on Y-3's website, select physical stores, and a couple of other retailers.
Last spring, the duo explored forgetten florals. Now, Y-3 is making muted moves for the first chapter of its SS23 release. Stealthy fashion wins again.
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