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Lightest fastest: Raito Racer

New for Spring Summer 2019: the progressive Y-3 Raito Racer is light as air, fast as light.

Meaning “light” in Japanese, the Y-3 Raito Racer is a progressive sneaker silhouette that heralds a new era of adidas Boost. The light and fast Y- Raito Racer furthers Y-3’s legacy of fearless innovation in the spirit of adidas and Yohji Yamamoto.

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THE S/S19 SHOW
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Y-3 Spring/Summer 2019 is born from Yohji Yamamoto’s obsession with “air between the body” and adidas’ devotion to movement by engineering apparel and footwear for the human form.

The collection pushes the limits of innovation, technology, and functionality to create light-as-air garments inspired by parachuting and sailing while guided by Yamamoto’s signature aesthetic of billowing volume and controlled proportion. To achieve a bold yet clean look, Y-3 acutely focuses on material mix and fabric development, incorporating GORE-TEX®, light nylon, engineered patchwork mesh, tech cotton, Adizero, and high stretch. Pieces are reversible, packable, and, above all, lightweight in order to provide maximum utility.

Presented at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Palais du Louvre on June 24th, the collection stood in stark contrast to its classical surroundings. As models walked the Musée’s marble halls, their clothing filled with air and seemed to take flight, gliding over their bodies with ease. The collection unites the seemingly contradictory worlds of sport (engineered garments, intensive performance) and high fashion (unexpected volumes, fluidity, tailoring) all with the unmistakable look and feel of Y-3. Central to this concept is the use of breakthrough materials that are lightweight yet strong and functional, including SHAKEDRY™ GORE-TEX®—the lightest GORE-TEX® in the world—which serves as the foundation of hooded unisex utility jackets and long coats.

Nylon twill comprises a wide range of the collection’s trousers while spandex jersey makes for dramatically exaggerated women’s skirts, dresses, and jumpsuits. The collection’s color palette includes classic, minimalist Y-3 shades of core white, black, and red along with seasonal highlights such as salty champagne, kumo grey, and petrol green. The signature Y-3 stacked logo evolves with Yamamoto’s ironic humor, this season incorporating heart and skull motifs—the former referencing the love between adidas and Yamamoto, while the latter evokes a darker take of the season’s sailing inspiration. In the show’s dramatic finale, long, parkas and dresses are printed with a mock Y-3 spinnaker, a type of sail designed specifically to move downwind. In footwear, Y-3 similarly redefines contemporary design and fabrication.
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YOHJI YAMAMOTO
YOHJI YAMAMOTO
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Yohji Yamamoto is known for the avant-garde spirit of his clothing, . His signature oversized silhouettes in black often feature drapery in varying textures.

Born in Tokyo, Yamamoto graduated from Keio University with a degree in law in 1966. His mother was a dressmaker who had a shop in in Kabukicho (an amusement and entertainment district in Tokyo’s Shinjuku). After graduating, he realised a law career was not for him. “I didn’t want to join the ordinary society,” he told BoF. “So I told my mother after graduation…I want to help you.” Yamamoto’s mother agreed to let him work at her shop, saying he could learn from the sewing assistants. At her request, he also enrolled at Bunka Fashion College, now famous for training designers including Kenzo Takada, Junya Watanabe and Yamamoto himself.

After graduating from Bunka, he received a prize to go to Paris for a year, but it was back in Japan that Yamamoto began to discover his true voice as a designer. He set up a small ready-to-wear company that slowly acquired buyers in all the major cities in Japan. The success turned his thoughts back to Paris, and at the beginning of the 1980s Yamamoto returned to the French capital to open his first shop.

Since then, Yamamoto has developed a dedicated global following. His two main lines Yohji Yamamoto and Y's are stocked in high-end department stores worldwide and, in 2007, clocked sales above $100 million, according to the company. Yamamoto's other lines include Pour Homme, Costume d'Homme and Regulation Yohji Yamamoto.

Yamamoto has been recognised for his contributions to fashion with awards including the Chevalier of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, the Ordre national du Mérite, the Royal Designer for Industry and the Master of Design award by Fashion Group International.
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