Yohji Yamamoto has certainly been busy, with collaborations flying off the shelves and new lines making debuts. Its partnership with baseball-cap brand New Era has been particularly buzz-worthy, with the brand’s 59FIFTY caps and backpacks emblazoned with the Yohji logo selling out across the country. The newest collection adds to the lineup mutton dog-ear flaps and “day” backpacks in black (priced ¥15,000-¥20,000).
In womenswear, plyy, a series of knitwear, by Estonian designer Ragne Kikas was released this month. Plyy is the result of experimentation in draping, twisting and layering to create unusual yet wearable and comfortable designs (prices range from ¥40,000 to ¥60,000). M.J.
Still on Yohji Yamamoto, the seminal designer’s new youth-focused Ground Y is not only more accessible to that generation, but also more in line with the vogue for genderless fashion.
Building on the momentum gathered by the unisex line’s past collaboration with tokusatsu (special effects) TV series “Ultraman,” Ground Y’s new partner in crime is the anime “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” The recently announced capsule collection encompasses head-to-toe fashion ensembles featuring recognizable artwork from the series, and it goes on sale exclusively in Parco Part 1 Shibuya from Jan. 23. Early highlights include classic Yohji-cut tailored jackets featuring expansive graphics that the fans will adore. S.T.
Ground Y: Parco Part 1 Shibuya, 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; 03-6455-3621. www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp
Yohji Yamamoto Aoyama flagship, 5-3-6 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo; 03-3409-6006. www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp
A heavy dose of the sweet stuff
Q-pot. is known for pioneering the trend of sweets-motif jewelry, while Ahcahcum is a brand with a Surrealist bent on retro paraphernalia. Together with Miki Aizawa, the popular stylist who brought both the brands to the masses as well as celebrity stardom, Q-Pot. and Ahcahcum are opening a pop-up shop in Laforet.
Until Jan. 20, Chocolate and Mushrooms and Polkadots and . . . will offer limited-edition items — all designed with a dose of all three trendsetters — at the entrance of Laforet. The mainstay is a motif of chocolate bon-bons and eclairs that sprout pin-up-girl legs, a design used on pinafore dresses, tea sets, iPhone cases, keychains and more. M.J.
Chocolate and Mushrooms and Polkadots and . . .: 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; 03-3475-0411. www.laforet.ne.jp
Phenomenon tunes into NaNa-NaNa
Street-wear brand Phenomenon from celebrated designer Takeshi Osumi has teamed up with accessory house NaNa-NaNa for a graphic-heavy accessory line in tune with current tastes for pop-culture riffs on hip-hop fashion.
Gang-color paisley scarfs, gold Jesus pendants and bleached denim make for a knowingly ironic take on the staples of the genre, but the cartoony proportions and graphic motifs ensure the collection is on the cutting edge of street style and not the stuff of vintage boutiques.
The collection is available until Jan. 27 in a Shibuya Parco Part 1 popup store and online at The Contemporary Fix, with prices ranging from ¥4,500-¥32,000. S.T.
Converse in uniform
U.S. sneaker label Converse became a social-media sensation this month when it announced it was going to deck out its iconic All Star design with a Japanese schoolgirl uniform, complete with a striped collar draped over the heel.
Many who hit the retweet button failed to notice that the shoe’s design, sported on child and baby sizes, was originally intended to resemble the American Navy uniform from which the Japanese schoolgirl uniform originates. But considering the cuteness of the design, you can’t blame people for jumping to kawaii conclusions over military ones.
The sneakers will go on sale nationwide early next month for ¥4,500 excluding tax. S.T.
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