Terrorism, civil wars, Great Recession, financial crisis, environmental disasters, poverty, diseases: contemporary man needs to fight hard if he still wants to be part of this world.
Hitting with flashes of colorful light this somber reality, Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas cheered up humanity with a good dose of punchy vibes, letting everyone forget of everyday life’ struggles to enter into a graphic novels-inspired fictional universe. Sharply playing with utopian hopes of global rescue, chased into the fascinating dystopian setting of Couvent des Cordeliers, Paris, Y-3 showcased its modern super heroes uniforms tailored with an elegant 60’s taste. Self-appointed vigilante defenders of peace were fully equipped with kicking combat garments, wearing dynamic sneakers to quickly run over the white splattered black set in case of troubles. Indeed, regular events can easily rush into catastrophes that need to be promptly faced, which is the reason why hooded windbreakers were layered under sartorial blazers, boxy bombers and parkas featured utility pockets and technical mesh inserts, sleek leathers were paired with sarouel pants, and a jacked hidden a inner backpack. Softly structured silhouettes inspired by the plain geometric cuts of André Courrèges and Pierre Cardin shaped the heroines’ jersey and neoprene costumes, embellished with contrasting fur and leather details, blending tech-wear and femininity. Bold primary colors stood out in the dark sea of black pieces, enlighten the garments profiles as well as the edges of fluid capes, inevitably recalling Batman’s cloak flowing on the top of a Gotham City’s skyscraper.
Without any superpowers we push ourselves far from our limits training to be invincible and perhaps forgetting how to be human, while all the unworldly, the alien and the supernatural only happen inside our heads.