March 09, 2001 Paris
Think againthe Japanese master of fluid, dramatic silhouettes and couturelike craftsmanship proved that he can deliver plenty of surprises with a casual, athletic-inspired collection.
Naturally, this was no ordinary track-and-field uniform. Baseball-bomber blousons were designed to trap one of the arms of its wearer in its folds. Casual trousers came equipped with a short skirt overlay. A hooded baseball-inspired jacket was shown with a voluminous, ballooned floral-print skirt. And no Yamamoto show would be complete without artful draping: His long, amorphous coats revealed unexpected panels when least expected; asymmetric dresses exposed one arm and covered the other with a generous, flowing sleeve.
Yamamoto's accessories included visor sunglasses and velvety bags that doubled as scarvesbut it's the colorful sneakers with red soles, silver racing stripes and floral designs that will have customers lining up next Fall.