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11-09-2007
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Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007


Y'S RED LABEL
Yamamoto protege debuts stoic new line

By MARTIN WEBB
Special to The Japan Times



While his daughter Limi prepares to present her Limi Feu line at the Paris collections for the first time in October, Yohji Yamamoto has selected another protege to take her place on the Tokyo runways.

Michiko Suzuki joined the Japanese fashion maestro's firm as a pattern-cutter shortly after graduating from Bunka Fashion College in 2000, and five years later was appointed as the designer of a new brand called Y's Red Label.

Until last week, when she staged her first catwalk show at the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery (right), Suzuki had remained anonymous, but with this dark show combining military-inspired pieces with bridal veils and train skirts, she has stepped into the limelight.

Asked to explain the theme of the show, titled "Just Married," Suzuki said that because of the perpetual biannual cycle that rules the fashion world, this debut symbolized a till-death-do-us-part vow to the new brand.

Explaining that her target was a strong woman in her 30s or 40s, she added that the dark, imposing mood that underpinned the lineup of billowing navy pants, crisp white blouses and crystal-studded dresses was all her own conception and owed little to the moody oeuvre of her illustrious employer.

Asked by The Japan Times why she had chosen to unveil her work in Tokyo, rather than Paris, where all other Yohji Yamamoto lines are shown, she said, "Lots of people say that Tokyo is not genki (lively) in terms of fashion, but I wanted to prove them wrong."

While hardly a "lively" show, this should prove to be must-see collection in Tokyo's increasingly barren schedule.



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That dress is adorable and so cool!

Thanks for all information and photos, Runner!

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Thanks again for the description runner.

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It gets better and better! Some pieces are very 80s, particularly the dresses, though it suits the adorable theme. The blk./wht. top is truly covetable. All of the headpieces are lovely too, def. favorites of mine.

What a lovely collection. She has a lot of promise...

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she hit her target dead on, 30-40 year old women. except for the strapless dresses I could see myself very comfortably in all of these. it's well thought out and flattering for a mature woman's body without being body conscious. even the black strapless dress is quite nice and I guess with the big boots it would work...

the styling is great as well, love the last look with the black and white oxfords. they set off the high waisted pants perfectly. I get a bit of a 1920's gangster feel to this.

too bad it is only available overseas...

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^ Story of our lives, no?


I rly love that she is designing for women of a certain age. Usually when a designer says that the end result is a frumpy suit or irrelevant party dress. This is so cool. Definitely for a woman who is self-assured and incredibly stylish. Hell, I'm a baby and I'd gladly wear 90% of it... until my last days, infact...


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It reminds me quite a bit of Junya Watanabe..and I don't really agree that this has 'little to do' with the style of Yohji Yamamoto...I'm sure a lot of people will disagree with me...

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too bad it is only available overseas...
lucky, Red Label is readily available in the U.S., at least at the Yohji boutique in New York.
In fact, when I was there a month ago, they had just received a big shipment...there was little black label Y's or +Noir to be seen.

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adore it...great looks

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Beautiful description runner, thank you for answering my question
God, I didn't actually notice there was Red label when I was skimming through the previous collections!
I think it's a very solid collection. I guess there is no Y's Red Label for Men, haha.

Thanks for the pics as well, Buckwheat. I was wondering what she looks like.

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thank you Buckwheat!

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lucky, Red Label is readily available in the U.S., at least at the Yohji boutique in New York.
In fact, when I was there a month ago, they had just received a big shipment...there was little black label Y's or +Noir to be seen.
that's great, I love to be wrong in this case. I realize that I got it mixed up with a Junya line that the Comme store told me was available only in Japan.

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