Black, black and more black. That’s the favored palette of Y-3 and its designer, Yohji Yamamoto, who started the line in partnership with adidas 15 years ago. Y-3, along with Prada’s now-defunct “Linea Rossa” sportswear line, laid the groundwork for the so-called “athleisure” category of sporty fashion which is all the rage these days.
For Y-3’s SS19 show in Paris, Yamamoto drenched his runway in an A-Z of high-tech performance fabrics: GORE-TEX, engineered mesh, stretch yarns and adidas’s Adizero technology (you can guess which color was most prominent). Pieces were packable and reversible, and their lightweight construction meant they floated dramatically down the runway.
Look closely, and you’d spot hidden zips, harnesses and utility bags among the looks, and, this being Y-3, the brand also took the chance to unveil a bevy of new sneakers. The brand debuted the Raito Racer, a new silhouette, alongside new versions of the Kaiwa, Red, Kasabaru and Runner 4-D shoes, again with a smorgasbord of high-tech adidas innovations — BOOST, Primeknit and Digital Light Synthesis, a technology that Y-3’s press release cites as a “breakthrough in shoe design.”
The show came to a crescendo when two billowing nylon skirts floated down the runway, a nod to the show’s nautical inspiration. They looked like capes — or sportswear wedding dresses.