October 18, 2003 Paris
As might be expected from a line that celebrates the sporting life, the tops, trousers, and skirts were mostly kept lean, while anoraks and sweatshirts were oversized and slouchy, meant to be worn slipping off the shoulders. There were some specific references to track and field: referee stripes on maillots, for example, or plastic panels inspired by motocross boots attached to jacket sleeves. Mostly, though, Y-3 concentrated on making over generally utilitarian pieces like trim jackets and skirts with high-tech fabrics and sharp color combinations: black, white, and gray flashed with hot pink and electric blue.
Yamamoto’s sense of irreverence could be felt throughout. Logos were blown up to cartoonish proportions; men sported hot pink hoodies; a strapless one-piece sweatsuit was supersized way beyond the realm of the sporty. He also worked with Japanese artist Saeko Tsuemura on comic bookstyle graphics that were printed on tank dresses, fluid jersey pants, and generous wraparound leather jackets. Overall, it was enough to lure even hard-core couch potatoes into a shopping trippreferably after a visit to the gym.