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The collection that notoriously marries Yohji Yamamoto’s peculiar chic with Adidas’s classic athleticism was back at Pier 40 in New York this season with a bang. And this time, it was an occasion to see not only women’s and menswear coming down the catwalk, but a sprinkling of children’s apparel as well.

The show, which was set beneath a colorful oil canvas by Brooklyn artist MOMO, also featured hand-painted denim by same. Mr. Yamamoto himself, also made his first appearance at the show’s conclusion, hearded down the runway by denim clad children, in his classic black wardrobe, yet smiling as brightly as some of the brilliant pumpkin and azure tones that speckled the collection this year.

Y-3 is just coming around into it’s own. It is just beginning to make a name for itself beneath the weight of Yohji’s namesake and Adidas’s branding. Yet, with clean quality japanese denim and selvedge lines leading the way (not to mention impeccable attention to detail and creativity) I have a feeling they will be around for a while.

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