Japanese Tartan

Life is all about the mix.

It’s about venturing out on familiar paths to new and unfound places.

It’s taking one’s history on a journey of further exploration.

It’s about seeing the traditional in an untraditional way.

Take, for some wonderful examples, these pieces from the Y’s collection from Yohji Yamamoto.

Y's Soft Black Jacket and Pleated Tartan Skirt on Exshoesme.com
Each fabric that you touch in any Yohji collection will be dreamy - like his creations.

Borrowed from tartan tradition – one that includes Scots and punks, alike – and layered with military memory, they echo a past we recognize.

Y's Black Military Coat and Tartan Trousers on Exshoesme.com
Mr. Yamamoto first showed his Y's collection in the '70s. It was a collection for women, based on men's garments.

What’s gone, however, is the bleeding edge of military, and the in-your-face, face-off of the striking tartan colour contrast. It’s softened with a smudged, black print that adds a poetic verse to the clothes.

Y's Zipper and Tartan Detail on Exshoesme.com
Even with hard edges like metal zippers and studs, the effect is soft.
Y's Tartan Skirt on Exshoesme.com
Tartan has gotten tarty lately, but this is how it should be worn. Choose arty over tarty, by all means.

It isn’t heavy, as it is serene.

Life is all about the layers, after all.

So Y’s.

All are available at the Conduit Street Yohji store in London.

Images courtesy of Yohji Yamamoto.

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