March 13, 2001 Paris
Case in point: Demeulemeester showed a selection of looks that surely required several courses in engineering to complete, but that still managed to look absolutely effortless on the runway. A jacket billowed out to form a cape in the back but came with faux sleeves stitched to the sidein fact, two hidden slits allowed the arms to escape in case of extreme necessity; a hidden cincture dramatically surfaced in the front, giving the silhouette a seemingly inexplicable pinch. Demeulemeester's loose sweater dresses were gathered with multiple-strand skinny belts; leather jackets sat at the hips, while a monastic high-collar coat nearly grazed the floor.
Occasional flashes of color included clouds of dark red on billowy shirts that offered a delicate contrast to the starker looks. A serene, moody soundtrack perfectly complemented the well-thought-out collection.