Weekend Reading is a weekly rundown of our favorite stories from around the web.

Yohji Yamamoto’s Mastery of Menswear
Once its enfant terrible, Yohji Yamamoto is now an elder statesman of fashion, his cool, minimalist menswear more desirable than ever and his label achieving double-digit growth. He talks to Mark C O’Flaherty about his striking collection and why he’ll never fall out of love with black.

via: How To Spend It

In Memoriam: Why Ganryu Was COMME des GARCONS’ Most Underrated Brand
Even with a diverse roster of designers under its umbrella, it’s ironic that one of Comme’s most unique labels—Ganryu—has been one that focuses on building around daily basics. Canadian shop Haven and Miami boutique UNKNWN initially broke the news that the label is coming to a close.

via: Highsnobiety

The Man Behind Japan's Streetwear Revolution
Hiroshi Fujiwara, the founder of cult T-shirt label GOODENOUGH or ‘GDEH’ and, later, of fragment design, has an influence that is almost incalculable and is often overlooked. ‘HF’ to his friends, the designer, musician, university professor and artist is known by many as the ‘Godfather of Harajuku’ or the ‘Godfather of Streetwear’ – titles that do much to communicate the impact the Japanese designer has had on style over the last three decades – and now he has collaborared with Jones on a special Louis Vuitton capsule collection that unites his aesthetic with that of the luxury French house.

via: AnOther Magazine

Christian Dior and Lord Snowdon: A Revealing Combination
The clouds were uncharacteristically dark, scudding above the hillocks and lowering over the grey stone roof. Only the lilies and jasmine, the lush green leaves, and the deep pink roses confirmed that this solid building was in the “Midi” – the South of France.

via: Vogue

Adidas Tells Us How It Plans to Catch Nike
Just a few years ago, it seemed like the global battle between Nike and Adidas for sneaker dominance was all but over. Nike emerged the clear winner. It was not only the bigger brand of the two, but its shoes were cooler, and simply put, Adidas didn't really seem to have any kind of stylistic or athletic advantage over the Swoosh. In 2017, however, the story is very different. Today Adidas has red-hot collaborations with Kanye West and limited-edition NMDs that kids line up to buy, not to mention running sneakers like the UltraBoost, which have become gym and street staples. Thanks to its insanely comfortable Boost soles, it's also made a strong case to Nike Air devotees about making the switch. Meanwhile, Adidas classics like Stan Smiths, Gazelles, and Superstars have all become favorites amongst fashion gods and regular guys alike.

via: GQ

The Nazi Sibling Rivalry That Divided A Town and Created Modern Sportswear
Herzo, as the locals call it, is a place of legend in the sports world. It's where the Dassler brothers, Adi and Rudolf, started a shoe business in the early 1920s—until their relationship disintegrated, they divided their company in two, and moved to opposite sides of the river that flows through the middle of town. From then on, the two branches of Dasslers were Germany's answer to the Hatfields and the McCoys, only their family feud played out at the Olympics, on basketball courts, on soccer fields, and, of course, on the cobblestone streets of their little village.

via: VICE Sports

Balenciaga’s $2,000 IKEA bag isn’t so different from your expensive designer jeans
Fashion is full of excess, frivolity, and plain weirdness, but once in a while an item will so completely encapsulate these qualities that it catches the spotlight outside the industry. Right now, that item is Balenciaga’s $2,145 “Extra-large Shopper Tote,” which has drawn coverage from sources including CNN because of its marked similarity to the blue, wrinkled plastic bags Swedish furniture chain IKEA sells shoppers for 99 cents.

via: Quartz

Is Fast Fashion A Class Issue?
Are ethically produced clothes a privilege for the wealthy? Should people with limited disposable income really be expected to pay more for clothes just to avoid buying cheap stuff that’s bad for the planet? And after all of these questions, are we left with one unavoidable one: Is fast fashion a class issue?

via: Refinery29

Is Deadstock The Future of Sustainable Fashion?
'We're keeping fabric out of landfills by using deadstock,' they would say. Deadstock, I learned after a little Googling, is the fabric that goes unused by the mill or brand that fabricated it. Be it because the fabric turned out blue when it was meant to be purple, the brand ordered more than they could use or they simply decided it wasn't right for the piece for which they intended it, deadstock fabric is any textile that's sitting around as a leftover without plans for future use.

via: Fashionista

Rei Kawakubo: A Punk’s Pain
On the eve of a major retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the radical and reclusive Comme des Garçons designer talks to BoF’s Tim Blanks about the pain of constant creation and the impossibility of stopping.

via: Business of Fashion