Y-3 Fall 2011 Review

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Y-3 Fall 2011 collection

SHOW: Y-3 (See the full runway collection)

THEME: "It's about the journey, not the destination."

ACCESSORIES: Oversize hooded scarves, quilted nylon hats, gloves belted with leather, "origami" wedge heels, sneakers, lace-up combat boots, fanny pack–esque cross-body bags

FRONT ROW: Tavi, Bryan Boy, Grace Coddington

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Back to nature

Y-3's Fall 2011 collection revealed the same expert blend of sportswear, futurism, and unique avant-garde vision that gives the brand its signature edgy-activewear appeal.

If the Spring 2011 collection was characterized as rock and roll meets goth grunge, the theme of this collection was raggedy wilderness, which was reinforced by a soundtrack of low-key woodsy melodies that played as the models sauntered down a runway that resembled a dusty trail.

Shades of black, gray and brown were infused with pops of candy red and icy turquoise while polka dots and a varying scheme of plaid prints gave the collection a funky, playful vibe.

A mix of modern fabrics; intricate drapery; exaggerated funnel-neck collars; voluminous, cocoonlike silhouettes; intensive quilting; and lots of layers added depth to the cozy country styles.

The highlight of the collection was the outerwear, from military jackets with fur-embellished shoulders to cropped bombers and structured overcoats. Sweaters and coats were layered on top of one another in true Y-3 style.

Embellished with side pockets and waterproof zippers, and branded with the signature Y-3 logo, the sportswear ensembles were the least inspiring designs in the collection. More interesting were the full-length pleated skirts with raw hems. The preppy look was surprisingly charming, although such a long silhouette is a tough style to pull off if you don't have the mile-long legs of a runway model.

All in all, the collection offered an interesting blend of rustic-chic styles infused with the brand's inherent element of modern athleticism.

"Traveling means coming back home," Yohji Yamamoto said backstage of the show's inspiration. "We are always unconsciously wanting to come back. It is one of man's strongest desires."