Y_3_Runway 5Superheroes might be the world’s only remaining hope…This is the message of a playful, surreal, and optimistic collection from Y-3, which showed for the first time during Paris Men’s Fashion Week at the Couvent des Cordeliers on Sunday.

Designer Yohji YamamotoY_3 1Men’s and women’s pieces were presented together in a range of retro-tinged primary colors….models stalked the runway to superhero music themes and were watched by a front-row crowd including music icon Kanye West.Y_3 west2Y_3 west1The collection played up a contrast between utopia and dystopia—the former expressed in a hand-drawn manga comic strip that was magnified to bring a graphic texture to the clothes, the latter realized in dramatic, voluminous silhouettes in classic Yohji Yamamoto black, as well as deep scarlets, honey yellows, and dark indigos.Y_3_Runway7Y_3_Runway 2Y_3_Runway 3Y_3_Runway 4Distressed fabrics and sumptuous fake furs contrasted with clean, polished, technical sportswear and luxurious, high-shine leathers. Y_3_Runway 6Y_3_Runway1Y_3 backstage1Designer Yohji Yamamoto poses backstage.

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