The poet of black,
Which ain’t a complaint from me, BTW: Yamamoto’s menswear is more adventurous than it ever was in the old days. I’m sorry purists, but I’m here for it.
This brings me to this amusingly odd Playboy collection created for Yamamoto’s S’YTE diffusion line.
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On July 21, S’YTE will launch this Playboy collection, which mashes up the aforementioned Yamamoto designs with the graphic flair of illustrated Playboy pin-ups done decades ago for the magazine by artist Harumi Yamaguchi.
It kinda works, with Yamaguchi’s stylized renderings illustrated across short-sleeved shirts and T-shirts akin to the
The difference being that the S’YTE garments are available for no more than ¥29,700 (approximately $215) and sought-after Yamamoto grails demand four-figure resale.
S’YTE’s 10-piece Playboy capsule is a little less successful when it simply juxtaposes Yamamoto branding with the iconic Playboy bunny logo — something about it feels a little too crude for Yamamoto’s graceful aims.
On the other hand, like Playboy itself, Yamamoto’s relationship with his women subjects is complicated
“I couldn’t stand designing bitch’s clothing,” Yamamoto said in a NOWNESS video, complaining about the type of women he used to create clothing for prior to founding his own label.
This Playboy collection is almost designed by a member of Yamamoto’s design team, rather than the 78-year-old himself but, nevertheless, it’s a reflection of his own complex personality, one that’s certainly not up to contemporary tastes.
However, I can’t imagine that Yamamoto, who has long been utterly indifferent to the greater whims of popular culture, could care less.