October 07, 2000 Paris
>br> His masculine take on pinstripes and black suits consisted of strong-shouldered, side-fastening coat jackets with long, asymmetric tails. Trousers were loose and sometimes oversize: There was a huge-waisted pair cinched at the hips, with excess fabric dangling at the side. Fluid black dresses were gathered at the side and featured a train that could be attached to the wrist, the hem draping around the body. Deceptively simple-looking columns had extra panels that could become practical pockets; there was also a sumptuously knit sweater, skirt and tote combo.
Experimentation is a given at any Yamamoto show, so it was no surprise when fluid gowns appeared complete with built-in bags. Some were cinched and attached to the back of the dress, while others, strategically placed on the side, became perfect hand warmers. The most dazzling look: a flowing strap dress with a sequined coin purse, complete with hardware clasp, resting at the backthe perfect marriage between function and design.