Designer Adam Selman showed what Harper’s Bazaar is calling one of the most fun shows of NYFW so far and the inspiration behind the refreshing S/S 2015 collection was 1980s fashion illustrations by Harumi Yamaguchi. While Selman is now a household name thanks to that Swarovski crystal encrusted, nipple-baring gown Rihanna wore to the CFDA awards, the designer is more interested in dressing the girl about town than the celebrity crowd. For his first runway show, Selman apparently found a great muse in Yamaguchi’s illustrations, which depict liberated, sophisticated and stylish women. There’s a youthful sense of play involved in Yamaguchi’s renderings. The artist captures sensuality with an urban tone. I for one was inspired by the feminine beauty and raw elegance of Yamaguchi’s girl.
Yamaguchi came out with a book in 1978, published by Parco, entitled Harumi Gals, in which Yamaguchi depicted pin-up girls with impeccable makeup that show a timeless statement of beauty, very much relevant and resonant with today’s girl as it would be in 1980. There is little else to be found online regarding Yamaguchi other than in Vogue Italia, 1983, in which her airbrushed illustrations appeared in a Krizia ad.
Selman’s point of inspiration is the gift that keeps on giving not simply because of his striking, playfully sexy collection but because the designer knows how to successfully channel his inspiration with a strong point of view all his own.
(L) Adam Selman. (R) With Rihanna after his S/S 15 show.
All Runway - Adam Selman S/S 2015.
All illustrations by Harumi Yamaguchi. (R) Cover of Harumi Gals.
Yamaguchi for Krizia, Vogue Italia, 1983.