Yohji Yamamoto sits down with WWD for a rare interview. The Japanese designer talks about the current state of fashion, retirement, and designing Y-3 collections. Read on below.
On the state of fashion:
"Let me talk like an old man. Young people, be careful. Beautiful things are disappearing every day. Be careful.…You don’t need to be [shopping at fast-fashion stores], especially young people. They are beautiful naturally, because they are young. So they should even wear simple jeans and a T-shirt. It’s enough. Don’t be too much fashionable.…The brand advertising is making you crazy. You don’t need to be too sexy. You are sexy enough."
On not wanting to retire:
"I have no idea about retiring life. Should I live in the countryside, fishing or planting vegetables, playing with dogs? I can’t imagine it. It must be so boring."
"My ideal feeling is that I suddenly fall down during making clothing."
“Each time I’m trying my new invention, testing how far I’m creating. This is the challenge. So I can easily make mistakes. I don’t want to sit on the established style, the Yohji Yamamoto style, and make the same collection each season for continually 20 years. I want to break myself."
Check out the rest of the interview here.