I walked into the Yohji screening about 20 minutes into the 45- minute show. It was, yet again, Disney Channel’s fault: I was stuck in between my weekend marathons of Wizards of Waverly Place and Good Luck, Charlie so I left the house a tad too late for Yohji Yamamoto’s documentary. Damn you, Selena Gomez!
For someone so repressed and aloof (or precisely because of that), Yohji Yamamoto is quite an arresting, enigmatic individual. Like everything that comes out of Karl Lagerdfeld’s mouth, Yohji’s words all seemed tailor- fit for an NY best- seller book. How do legends end up to be so quotable? Do they know that they are bound for greatness thus they keep a dependable repository of witty answers and deep insights to everything?
Of the limited time that I got to watch Yohji at work, I was more than moved by these musings (if not verbatim, then I’ve tried to paraphrase as darn close as possible):
“I don’t listen to music when I work.
It bothers me…
It changes my sensitivity.”
“When I was 4 or 5, I already knew that life was full of hardship/ hard work.
So it has always been my dream to grow old, as soon, as quick as possible…
Then I would just be an old man, walking an old dog at the end of everything.”
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