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The cropped jacket - Sydney Morning Herald
Incarnations by Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garcons have made the cropped jacket a beloved wardrobe staple. Consider the CJ your new pashmina. It should work with everything in your wardrobe. As for the style, shoulders should be strong and square and...
Y-3 Seals Luggage License With Samsonite - Fashion Wire Daily (subscription)
Samsonite and Y-3, the path breaking joint venture between Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto and German multinational active sports giant adidas, have signed a long term deal to create a luggage and accessories collection. The new collection, to be...
Fabrics touched by artful technology - China Daily
For Y-3, Yohji Yamamoto called upon Brooklyn street artist Momo to add edge to a few separates with his graffiti-like work. "It's the streety parts of New York that inspire me," says Yamamoto. "Momo's art was a perfect companion to my vision....
Y-3 launches accessories with Adidas and Samsonite - FashionUnited US News
Y-3 is a collaboration between Adidas and Japanese ready-to wear designer Yohji Yamamoto. The apparel is a combination of fashion and sportswear, and the new accessories lines will reflect the same mood. According to WWD, this is the first accessories...
Cannes 2009: Fun in the sun - Independent
Recent history has seen Charlotte Rampling head-to-toe in vintage black Yohji Yamamoto (douze points – and spring/summer 1997 for any fashion trainspotters out there), Tilda Swinton practically drowning in an oversized bow of a dress courtesy of Viktor...
Experimenting with tropics-inspired outfits - Financial Times
“I like, and could see myself wearing, some of the lower hanging trousers from Kris Van Assche and Yohji Yamamoto, for example. But for me, it would have to be a modern interpretation because I couldn't see myself in a pair of traditional harem pants....
Richard Nicoll Dresses Like a Trout Fisherman - New York Magazine
When I was younger I loved Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, Jil Sander, and Helmut Lang. Now I like a lot of people, but no one designer more than another. What was the first designer item you bought? Is there an item you are currently coveting?...
Warrior Chic at Japan Fashion Week - BlackBook Magazine
A world away from the wild Tokyo street fashions of the Harajuku girls, the best of the next wave of Japanese designers showed elegant collections with refined construction, following in the footsteps of Japanese masters like Yohji Yamamoto,...
Style Scoop - Las Vegas Review - Journal
It's the collaboration between fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas that originated in 2002 and fused high style with sportswear. Y-3 opens Saturday. • Fab Furnishings: A new addition to World Market Center Las Vegas is now open to the public....

Yohji Yamamoto

Yōji Yamamoto(山本 耀司、Yamamoto Yōji, is an internationally known Japanese fashion designer based in Tokyo and Paris.

Born in Tokyo, Yamamoto graduated from Keio University with a degree in law in 1966. His further studies in fashion design at Bunka Fashion College led to a degree in 1969.

Yamamoto became an influential fashion designer after making his Paris debut in 1981. His commercially successful main lines, Yohji Yamamoto (women/men) and Y's, are especially popular in Tokyo. These two lines are also available at his flagship stores in New York, Paris, and Antwerp, and at high-end department stores worldwide. Yohji Yamamoto Inc. reported in 2007 that the sales of Yamamoto's two main lines average above $100 million annually.

Yamamoto is known for an avant-garde spirit in his clothing, frequently creating designs far removed from current trends. His signature oversized silhouettes in black often feature drapery in varying textures.

Yamamoto's work has also become familiar to consumers through his collaborations with other fashion brands, including Adidas (Y-3), Hermès, Mikimoto and Mandarina Duck; and with artists of different genres, such as Sir Elton John, Placebo, Takeshi Kitano, Pina Bausch and Heiner Müller.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Yamamoto was involved a relationship with fellow Japanese avant-garde fashion designer Rei Kawakubo.

In 2008, the Yohji Yamamoto Fund for Peace (YYFP) was established in conjunction with the China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development (CFFPD). to foster development of China's fashion industry and to help heal the long-standing enmity between China and Japan. Each year, an emerging Chinese designer will be awarded with a two-year scholarship to a fashion college in Japan or Europe, and a male or female Chinese fashion model will be selected to make a runway debut during the Paris prêt-à-porter season.

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Daiane Conterato

Daiane Conterato (born October 17, 1990 in Porto Alegre, Brazil) is a Brazilian fashion model. As of November 2008, she is ranked #46 among models at the website models.com. She is represented by Ford Models Brasil in São Paulo, Supreme Management in New York, Women Milan in Milan, Women Paris in Paris, Traffic Models in Barcelona, and Bravo Models in Tokyo.

Conterato made her runway debut at the fall 2006 Prada show. During 2006, she appeared on the cover of L'Uomo Vogue and in editorials in V, French Vogue, the New York Times T style magazine, and Vogue Italia. During the Spring 2007 fashion weeks, she opened the Alexander McQueen show and also walked for Chanel. During 2007, she appeared in advertisements for Marc Jacobs, Miss Sixty, Rebecca Taylor and in editorials in Vogue Italia, British Vogue, and Dazed & Confused. In March 2007, she was selected as one of the top ten new models by Marie Claire bookings editor Amy Argento.

During Spring 2008 fashion weeks, Conterato opened the Alexandre Herchcovitch and Christopher Kane shows and closed the Yohji Yamamoto show. She also walked in Spring 2008 couture shows including Armani Privé, Christian Dior, Givenchy, and Jean Paul Gaultier. During Fall 2008 fashion weeks, she opened for Ann Demeulemeester and also walked for Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Dries van Noten, Givenchy, and Miu Miu. During 2008, she appeared on the cover of Tank and in an editorial in Elle. During Spring 2009 fashion weeks, she opened for Alexandre Herchovitch and Proenza Schouler and closed for Ann Demeulemeester.

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Max Vadukul

Max Vadukul (born 2 February 1961, Nairobi, Kenya) is a photographer who has worked mostly in America. He is noted for his fashion photography, portraits published in the The New Yorker and many covers for Rolling Stone magazine.

Vadukul was born to Indian parents in Nairobi, educated in England and lived for a time in Paris. At age 16 he ran away to escape an arranged marriage. Vadukul's first success came when David Puttnam asked him to take a photograph of his assistant.

In 1984 Vadukul was employed as a photographer by Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto whose young art director Marc Ascoli was looking for young, beginning photographers. Vadukul asked for a cash advance with which to buy a camera, then took black and white images in Manhattan for the project. Vadukul began taking photographs for The Face in the early 1980s and also worked for the French, American and Italian editions of Vogue. Much of his work is not credited aside from by-lines in editorial mastheads. Vadukal's work has included photographs of Lisa Stansfield, panoramic shots for Veuve Cliquot and manipulated colour images in advertisements for Chloé.

In 1985, Vadukul also branched into video and television commercial directing with an award-winning advertisement for Williwear called The Expedition. He has cited Stanley Kubrick's evolution from still photography into film directing as a career model.

Vadukul has said he rejects a Pre-Raphaelite image of women in his work, seeing modern women instead as "powerful, aggressive." At times his work has strayed from straightforward documentation of fashion and has not been not published. His preference for black and white photography has also been a commercial hindrance.

A documentary called Self-Portrait: Max Vadukul (2000) was produced by the National Geographic Channel. Vadukul described it as "not an MTV, or VH1 kind of thing ... It's more serious." The documentary examined his catalogue photography for Victoria's Secret and his regular work for publications such as Mademoiselle, GQ and other Condé Nast magazines along with portraits of a wide range of subjects, attributing Vadukul with "a smart, fast, and wry style borne of a personal history that reads like a novel." Vadukal has shot at least a dozen covers for Rolling Stone magazine and has also worked for Italian Vogue, Vogue Hommes International, i-D, Chloé and Armani.

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Cecilia Méndez

Cecilia Méndez (born April 21, 1986, in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentine fashion model currently residing in New York City. An agent discovered Cecilia walking down the street in Buenos Aires. She has appeared in runway shows for Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Burberry Prorsum, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dries van Noten, Issey Miyake, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Yohji Yamamoto and others.

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Adidas logo

Adidas AG (pronounced ; often /əˈdiːdəs/ in English, FWB: ADS) is a German sports apparel manufacturer and part of the Adidas Group, which consists of Reebok sportswear company, TaylorMade-adidas golf company, and Rockport. Besides sports footwear, the company also produces other products such as bags, shirts, and other sports and clothing related goods. The company is the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe and the second biggest sportswear manufacturer in the world.

The company's clothing and shoe designs typically feature three parallel bars, and the same motif is incorporated into Adidas's current official logo. The company revenue for 2008 was listed at €10.799 billion and the 2007 figure was listed at €10.299 billion, or about US$15.6 billion.

Adolf ("Adi") Dassler started to produce his own sports shoes in his mother's wash kitchen in Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, after his return from World War I. In 1924, his brother Rudolf (Rudi) Dassler joined the business which became Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik (Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory) and prospered.

At the 1928 Olympics, Dassler equipped several athletes, laying the foundation for the international expansion of the company. During the 1936 Summer Olympics on Berlin, Dassler equipped quadruple gold medal winner Jesse Owens of the U.S. with his shoes.

Late in World War II, the shoe factory shifted to production of the Panzerschreck anti-tank weapon.

The brothers split up in 1948, with Rudi forming Puma, and Adi forming adidas.

The company formally registered as adidas AG (with lower case lettering) on 18 August 1949. The phrase All Day I Dream About Soccer, although sometimes considered the origin of the adidas name, was applied retroactively. The name is actually a portmanteau from "Adi" (a nickname for Adolf) and "Das" (from "Dassler").

After a period of trouble following the death of Adolf Dassler's son Horst Dassler in 1987, the company was bought in 1989 by French industrialist Bernard Tapie, for 1.6 billion French francs (now €243.918 million), which Tapie borrowed. Tapie was at the time a famous specialist of rescuing bankrupt companies, an expertise on which he built his fortune.

Tapie decided to move production offshore to Asia. He also hired Madonna for promotion. He sent Walter Head, from Christchurch, New Zealand, a shoe sales representative, to Germany and met Adolf Dassler's descendants (Amelia Randall Dassler and Bella Beck Dassler) and was sent back with a few items to promote the company there.

In 1992, Tapie was unable to pay the interest from his loan. He mandated the Crédit Lyonnais bank to sell Adidas, and the bank subsequently converted the outstanding debt owed into equity of the enterprise, which was unusual as per the prevalent French banking practice. Apparently, the state-owned bank had tried to get Tapie out of dire financial straits as a personal favour to Tapie, reportedly because Tapie was Minister of Urban Affairs (ministre de la Ville) in the French government at the time.

In February 1993, Crédit Lyonnais sold Adidas to Robert Louis-Dreyfus, a friend of Bernard Tapie for a much higher amount of money than what Tapie owed, 4.485 billion (€683.514 million) francs rather than 2.85 billion (€434.479 million). Tapie later sued the bank, because he felt "spoiled" by the indirect sale.

Robert Louis-Dreyfus became the new CEO of the company. He is also the president of the Olympique de Marseille football team, a team Tapie owned until 1993.

Tapie filed for personal bankruptcy in 1994. He was the object of several lawsuits, notably related to match fixing at the soccer club. During 1997, he served 6 months of an 18 month prison sentence in La Santé prison in Paris.

In 2005, French courts awarded Tapie a €135 million compensation (about 886 million francs).

In 1994, combined with FIFA Youth Group, SOS Children's Villages became the main beneficiary.

In 1997, Adidas AG acquired the Salomon Group who specialized in ski wear, and its official corporate name was changed to Adidas-Salomon AG because with this acquisition Adidas also acquired the Taylormade Golf company and Maxfli which allowed them to compete with Nike Golf.

In 1998, Adidas sued the NCAA over their rules limiting the size and number of commercial logos on team uniforms and apparel. Adidas withdrew the suit, and the two groups established guidelines as to what three-stripe designs would be considered uses of the Adidas trademark. Adidas launched legal proceedings against the world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart, claiming that it copied some of its products as revealed by Sanjay Sinha of ADIDAS INDIA.

In 2003, Adidas filed a lawsuit in a British court challenging Fitness World Trading's use of a two-stripe motif similar to Adidas's three stripes. The court ruled that despite the simplicity of the mark, Fitness World 's use was infringing because the public could establish a link between that use and Adidas's mark.

In September 2004, top English fashion designer Stella McCartney launched a joint-venture line with Adidas, establishing a long-term partnership with the corporation. This line is a sports performance collection for women called "Adidas by Stella McCartney", and it has been critically acclaimed.

Also in 2005, on 3 May, Adidas told the public that they sold their partner company Salomon Group for €485m to Amer Sports of Finland.

In August 2005, Adidas declared its intention to buy British rival Reebok for $3.8 billion (US). This takeover was completed with partnership in January 2006 and meant that the company will have business sales closer to those of Nike in North America. The acquisition of Reebok will also allow Adidas to compete with Nike worldwide as the number two athletic shoemaker in the world.

Adidas has corporate headquarters in Germany, and many other business locations around the world such as Hong Kong, Toronto, Taiwan, England, Japan, Australia and Spain. Mainly sold in the U.S., Adidas makes lots of assets from these countries and is expanding to more oversea countries.

In 2005, Adidas introduced the Adidas 1, the first ever production shoe to utilize a microprocessor. Dubbed by the company "The World's First Intelligent Shoe", it features a microprocessor capable of performing 5 million calculations per second that automatically adjusts the shoe's level of cushioning to suit its environment. The shoe requires a small, user-replaceable battery that lasts for approximately 100 hours of running. On 25 November, 2005, Adidas released a new version of the Adidas 1 with an increased range of cushioning, allowing the shoe to become softer or firmer, and a new motor with 153 percent more torque.

On 11 April 2006, Adidas announced an 11-year deal to become the official NBA apparel provider. They will make NBA, NBDL, and WNBA jerseys and products as well as team-coloured versions of the "Superstar" basketball shoe. This deal (worth over $400 million) takes the place of the previous 10-year Reebok deal that was put in place in 2001.

Adidas currently manufactures several running shoes, including the adiStar Control 5, the adiStar Ride (the replacement for the adiStar Cushion 6), the Supernova Sequence (the replacement for the Supernova Control 10), and the Supernova Cushion 7 (which will soon be replaced by the Supernova Glide), among others. In addition, their performance apparel is widely used by runners. Adidas also uses kangaroo leather to make their more expensive shoes.

One of the main focuses of Adidas is football kit and associated equipment. Adidas also provides apparel and equipment for all teams in Major League Soccer. Adidas remain a major company in the supply of team kits for international football teams. Current examples include France, Germany, Greece, Romania, Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Japan, Nigeria and Israel. The company has been an innovator in the area of footwear for the sport with notable examples including development of the Copa Mondial moulded boot used for matches on firm dry pitches for almost forty years. The studded equivalent was named World Cup follow in celebration of the 1978 tournament won by Argentina, one of the nations it supplied at the time. Adidas became renowned for advancing the "Predator" boot design developed by ex-Liverpool and Australian international player Craig Johnston. This design featured a ribbed rubber structure for the upper leather of the shoe, used to accent the movement of the ball when struck; highly skilled players claimed they were able to curve the flight of the ball more easily when wearing this new contoured design.The Predator also features the Craig Johnston invented "Traxion" sole. As the development and popularity of Football continued Adidas played a leading role in shaping the style of the play itself. FIFA, the sports governing body, commissioned specially designed footballs for use in its own World Cup tournaments to favour more attacking play. The balls supplied for the 2006 Germany World Cup were particular noteworthy for their ability to travel further than previous types when struck, leading to longer range goal strikes that were intended to increase the number of goals scores and increase spectator enjoyment. Goalkeepers were believed to be less comfortable with the design claiming it would move significantly and unpredictably in flight.

Adidas has sponsored tennis players and recently introduced a new line of tennis racquets. While the Feather is made for the "regular player", and the Response for the "club player", Adidas targets the "tournament player" with the 12.2 oz Barricade tour model. Adidas sponsors the following professional players: doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan, Marat Safin, Dinara Safina, Ana Ivanovic, former Australian Open Champion Novak Djokovic, and Marcos Baghdatis. Adidas tennis apparel contains the ClimaCool technology found in other athletic jerseys and shoes.

In 1997, Adidas purchased TaylorMade, and made it a subsidiary. The image and focus of TaylorMade was redirected shortly after the acquisition to take over the driver market. The company succeeded in achieving this goal in late 2005 when it officially became the No. 1 driver in golf. On 14 October 2008, Adidas, through its subsidiary TaylorMade, acquired Ashworth (clothing) for $72.8 million, assuming $46.3 million in debt.

In 2008, Adidas made their first big move into the cricket market, sponsoring English batting star Kevin Pietersen & Ian Bell. Their products are now available, notably the Pellara and Libro ranges.

In 2007, Adidas announced the future production of lacrosse equipment, and will sponsor the Adidas National Lacrosse Classic in July 2008 for the top 600 high school underclassmen lacrosse players in the United States.

Mi Adidas is a mass customization program offering the option to customize a shoe model with the choice of different types of outsoles, cushioning, and other parameters.

Adidas are the main sponsor and kit supplier of the highly successful New Zealand national rugby team, the All Blacks. Adidas also are the kit supplier to the Argentina national rugby team Los Pumas, to Stade Francais and Munster.

Adidas are the main sponsors and kit sponsors of the successful Australian Cricket Team and the England Cricket Team. They are also the main sponsors of the Indian Star Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. Adidas are the main sponsors of Australian Domestic Cricket Competitions - Pura Cup, KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, Ford Ranger One Day Cup. They are sponsors of the Indian Premier League Teams Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians.

Adidas also sponsors the Gold Coast Titans and St George Illawarra Dragons rugby league clubs in the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) competition.

Adidas is the longstanding kit provider to the Germany national football team, a sponsorship that began in 1954 and is contracted to continue until at least 2018.

Adidas are very active at sponsoring top football clubs such as IFK Göteborg, A.C. Milan, Olympique de Marseille, Ajax Amsterdam, Bayern Munich, FC Schalke 04, Benfica, Chelsea F.C., Liverpool F.C., Newcastle United F.C., Fenerbahçe SK, UANL Tigres, Real Madrid, Club Atletico River Plate, SE Palmeiras, Club de Fútbol Universidad de Chile, and the Colombian football teams Club Deportivo Los Millonarios, Deportivo Cali and Atletico Nacional.

Adidas and Major League Soccer announced a 10-year sponsorship agreement in November 2004 to make Adidas the official athletic sponsor and licensed product supplier for the league, and to work together to create a developmental league for MLS.

Adidas also sponsors events such as The London Marathon.

For the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Adidas spent €70 million sponsoring the event amid criticisms.

As with the majority of prolific brand-based transnationals, Adidas' business practises/ethics and commitment to worker welfare have been scrutinised and often criticised.

Refers to the line of casual clothes and new campaign launched by adidas around the beginning of 1996, when adidas separated the brand into 3 main groups, each with its own focus. Four videos have been released to date, including "Original Games", which shows a group of guys and girls playing modified Olympic type games in the streets; "Handbags For Feet", which journeys through the streets of Berlin with a girl named Amelie taking interesting photos; "The Story of Adi Dassler", which tells the story of the man who started adidas and "Sounds of The City", which shows how DJ Theo Parish collects sounds for his music.

During the mid to late 1990s Adidas divided the brand into three main groups with each a separate focus. Adidas performance was designed to maintain their devotion to the athlete; Adidas originals with its focus on fashion and life style; and Style essentials with the main group within this one being Y-3.

Adidas collaborated with Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto to create Y-3. Adidas is currently working with up and coming British designer Lawrence Dawanyi, the range is set to be unveiled by the Summer of 2009.

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Nick Knight (photographer)

Nick Knight is a British photographer and Director of SHOWstudio.com. He is known for his personal, experimental vision, resulting in work that exists outside the conventions of fashion photography.

Knight's first book of photographs, 'Skinheads', was published in 1982, when he was a 24-year-old photography student at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. He was then commissioned by i-D editor Terry Jones to create a series of 100 portraits for the magazine's fifth anniversary issue. As a result of those black-and-white portraits, his work caught the attention of art director Marc Ascoli, who commissioned Knight to shoot the 1986 catalogue of avant-gard Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto in collaboration with renowned graphic designer Peter Saville. Since this first foray into fashion photography, he has shot both editorial and advertising projects for clients including Alexander McQueen, Audi, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Jil Sander, Lancôme, Levi Strauss, Martine Sitbon, Mercedes-Benz, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Swarovski and Yves Saint Laurent. He has produced a permanent installation for the Natural History Museum in London which is titled 'Plant Power'.   He currently lives with his wife and three children in London.

In November 2000, Knight launched SHOWstudio.com, an online fashion broadcasting company committed to pioneering, live fashion media. SHOWstudio.com has broken new ground with its experimental interactive projects, films and live performances. Its collaborations with influential cultural figures, from Björk, Boy George, Gisele Bündchen, Kate Moss and John Galliano to Leigh Bowery, Heston Blumenthal and Antony & the Johnsons, are broadcast live.

Knight has won awards for his editorial work for Vogue, Dazed & Confused, i-D, The Face, W Magazine, Another Magazine, Arena Homme + and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects such as the 2004 edition of the Pirelli Calendar. He has shot album covers for Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Björk,Boy George, David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, The Style Council, Paul Weller, Gwen Stefani, Seal, ABC and Massive Attack, and has produced Nicknight (1994), a twelve year retrospective, and Flora (1997), a series of flower pictures, both published by Schirmer Mosel.

Knight's work has been exhibited at such international art institutions as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers' Gallery and Hayward Gallery. In 1993, he also produced a permanent installation, Plant Power, for the Natural History Museum in London.

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