Yohji Yamamoto Men’s Autumn Winter 22 by Aybuke Barkcin

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Yohji Yamamoto continues to explore his dark bohemian aesthetic, which he has been meticulously perfecting for the past years, proving once again that he is the master of mystery.

As one would expect of Yamamoto, the dark palette commanded the aura of the collection with elements of romanticism, which found its way in the Victorian aesthetics. The models came out with white strokes of paint covering one side of their face, like the Phantom of the Opera, emerging from the darkness to claim his love.

The show made its opening with multi-layered looks inspired by 19th century menswear; black waistcoats, frock coats, shirts with high-waist collars, knotted cravats, silver crucifixes… portraying the richness and versatility of Yamamoto’s designs. To add a youthful feeling, the looks were styled with combat boots, baggy trousers, retro steampunk sunglasses, coats and suits with leopard patches to match the wildness of the hair, and printed coats displaying the dystopian surrealist Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski’s artworks.

A fusion of timelines, art and fashion, romance and darkness, the East and West… despite being consistent, Yamamoto’s collections have a sense of timelessness, like a story unfinished and continuing on.


Aybuke Barkcin

Aybüke Barkçin is an art director, photographer, curator and writer that looks at fashion through the lens of political and societal dynamics. She completed her master's Creative Direction in POLIMODA, Italy and has a background in International Relations and Graphic Design. Her work can be found in her website: https://www.aybukebarkcin.com/