Red shoes, No knickers



April 2011



Rise to the occasion: Yohji!

Mrs Dourentakis and Kevin are on their Easter holidays and so invited me to the V&A for the afternoon to see the new Yohji Yamamoto exhibition.

Now I’m someone who likes to dress for the occassion.

If there’s a weekend away in the countryside I’ll be packing my railway children suitcase full of tweeds, kilts, cashmere and slinging my wellies into the back of the car.*  If I’m in Africa I’m head to toe in Java print jumpsuits, brightly coloured turbans and upcycled paper necklaces and if there’s a wedding I’m there with bells on wearing a hat.

Yohji Yamamoto was someone I wasn’t so familiar with and so went about googling his shizel. I came across a lot of black!



Not ideal when we’re trying to escape out of our winter woolies.

‘Yamamoto is known for an avant-garde spirit in his clothing, frequently creating designs far removed from current trends. His signature oversized silhouettes in black often feature drapery in varying textures’

However I do like a challenge and dug around in my wardrobe for clean lines, unusual textures, masculine shapes and noir goodies.

Luckily I didn’t take it as far as this bad boy below otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to see the exhibition at all!  We went to Patisserie valerie afterwards and this looks like the frangipane tart I had.

I went for the traditional Yohji black and layered and textured my little sen’ up.

Yes, I am wearing two skirts.  Didn’t see that coming did ya!?

It took all afternoon for Mrs.D and K-Dub to realise I was wearing two skirts but I love a bit of a layer at the best of times and I do feel I was channelling Old Yohj!

Extreme close ups!

(Vintage quilted oriental jacket, old cardigan from somewhere in Darwin, Australia, reworked black lace top, May full skirt, Gap cord skirt, Tabio opaques, Russell and Bromley cream oxfords, M & S sunglasses, Kimchi leather bag, NYC nail orange varnish)

The exhibition was great and I would highly recommend going.  It’s small, just in one room, but you can get up close to all the clothing on display and there’s some great video and photographic pieces.  In particular there is a video of Yohji’s 2004-2005 Menswear show where Madness came on at the end doing this fabulously shit dance! HA!  There was no sound though and I can’t find it on the tinterweb anywhere so I can’t show you.  I did look a bit of a spoon standing in my two skirts laughing at a silent screen.

The Yohji Yamamoto exhibition is on at the V&A until 10th July.



*  (Yeah right! If I had one! In reality I’d give myself a bad back carrying far too many things on the over crowded, very expensive train!)

Posted in Colour blocking, Inspiration, Outfit city, Rise to the occasion

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