The three-piece collection was inspired by Y-3 designer Yohji Yamamoto's own series of dynamic ink drawings. They reveal Yamamoto himself in motion – performing a headstand or high kicking no less – fitting given the designer has spent the past 13 years creating sportswear for his Adidas line. Not only did the self-portraits inspire his work with the retailer but they also informed his RTW SS16 collection, set to be revealed on the Paris runway in four days time.

The ink drawings will be unveiled at an event during Paris Men’s Fashion Week on June 26th, while one of Yamamoto’s paintings will also be displayed at No.23, the MATCHESFASHION.com private shopping townhouse in central London. Yamamoto’s painting will be displayed among other various artworks created by key designers who have also partnered with the luxury retailer. 

In the midst of a digital age, the Japanese designer reminds us that great things can come out of a deceptively simple pen and paper.