Yohji Yamamoto Collective
In honour of Tokyo/Paris-based designer Yohji Yamamoto releasing his autumn/winter 2013 menswear and womenswear collections, progressive retailers LN-CC have put together a special collection that is as innovative as it is thrilling. Culling a selection of books and music, which have both inspired and been inspired by the entire span of Yamamoto’s career, LN-CC have sought to create a tapestry of examples from various different art forms that have shaped and motivated Yamamoto to create stunning art himself. This sits alongside instances of Yamamoto’s own writing, including the story of his own life and times, My Dear Bomb, and a pictorial reflection on his work, Rewind Fast Forward. Non-Yamamoto-penned highlights include Decotora, an image-rich celebration of the uniquely Japanese art of big-rig truck decorating based on photographs collected by Tatsuki Masaru between 1998 and 2000 and Touch and Go, a collection of all twenty-two issues of the pioneering punk fanzine which published early reviews of myriad genre-defining punk and rock bands and eventually evolved into an influential record company. The impact of music on Yamamoto as reflected by the latter choice is similarly marked by the assortment of EPs and LPs also offered for sale. As with the book section, this array consists of works that are loved by Yamamoto as well as works produced or commissioned by him. The Show volumes archive music composed for use within Yamamoto’s Paris runway shows and musical highlights as noted by LN-CC include contributions from legendary Japanese musicians such as Yukihiro Takahashi of Yellow Magic Orchestra and singer-songwriter/prolific soundtrack composer Keiichi Suzuki. An exciting an encompassing collection that feels like a cross between a fashion release and a modern art retrospective, the Yohji Yamamoto Collective is on sale from LN-CC now.