The lights went down, and 23 models walked out. Twenty-two carried stools and planted them at a few points along the runway, then took their seats. One wore a spiraling dress loosely basted together and carried two pairs of silver shears. The Threeasfour trio used Yoko Ono's dot drawings in their collection, played music from her soon-to-be-released Plastic Ono Band album (which was produced by her son, Sean Lennon), and re-created her famous art performance Cut Piece. One by one, the models stood up from their stools, did a circuit of the catwalk, then snipped away at the spiraling dress, until the model who wore it was in nothing but a white bandeau top and briefs. Ono and Lennon sat in the front row, watching the action along with the rest of the audience.

The spectacle inevitably distracted from the clothes, which were made using the curvilinear construction that has been the group's signature since the beginning, and which were somewhat underwhelming compared wth Threeasfour's usual arty fare. The show opened with a simple tank bodysuit, followed by a unitard in black with arabesque insets of mesh. As it progressed, the cuts and construction became more elaborate, culminating in cocktail dresses in chiffon embellished with three-dimensional curlicues of horsehair, just before the Ono dot-drawing section arrived. Other than a cool wrapped and belted jacket with sleeves that unsnapped all the way up to the shoulders, the prints were the most wearable and want-able part of the collection, especially the drapey kimono in silk de chine. It's good news the kimono and dresses will be part of the label's just-launched lower-priced contemporary line.