Yamamoto pays 'psychedelic' tribute to Hendrix
What do fashion and Jimi Hendrix have in common? Yohji Yamamoto became the missing link Friday, unveiling a summer look imagined as a psychedelic tribute to the rock icon, 40 years after his death.
"Ave Maria" rang out across the Place Vendome -- a high temple of luxury two steps from the Paris Louvre -- as the Japanese designer sent out models draped in feather-light, flowing black silk, worn over heavy lace-up black boots.
Faces were powered white and hair was plastered down around the crown and pinned under funereal dark shades, its ends allowed to float free at the shoulders -- unless they were poked up through a topless straw hat.
"It's my generation," Yamamoto said of his tribute to Hendrix. "I wanted to be a spiritual designer, to open doors," he told AFP backstage after the show.
A wispy angle-cut dress with a bare-shouldered bustier, was worn over leggings and boots, while pendants of silver hanging from the end of black silk shawls helped create a solemn, ceremonial atmosphere.
Then, with renditions of Hendrix classics "Voodoo Child" and "Foxy Lady" came the wilder side of the look: full-body leotards and ankle-length silk dresses in psychedelic, fluorescent colours, but still worn under black silk.
Flashes of white came in a scarf, or a pair of flip-flops.
A bustier was a simple ribbon of black silk, twisted between the breasts, worn under a caftan-like tunic, slashed in a V-shape down to the navel.
Or a long-sleeved ivy green dress was adorned at the waist with heavy draped loops in purple and wine-red, fixed in thick swathes to its asymetric skirt.
And the finale: a wide, pleated A-line skirt fashioned from mustard yellow blow-up plastic tubes, and worn with a t-shirt reading: "This is me."
Hendrix was 27 and already a global star when he died in a hotel in London on September 18, 1970, after swallowing a cocktail of sleeping pills and drinking red wine.
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