June 23, 2010 Paris
The result looked like Mozart and his friends on acid. Elongated jackets were given random bits of cross-stitch sampling, and rich English florals, echoing great-great grandma's upholstery, showed up in loose suits. Yamamoto morphed shirts and vests into curvy hourglass tunics in a patchwork of knits and wovens. Midway through the show, the models began to resemble Eustace Tilley,The New Yorker's dandy mascot, in cutaway jackets. Then he switched to more abstract tailoring all in slate blue, lavender, or orange, complete with matching stiff shirts, shoes, and socks.
By the end of the show, Yamamoto had come up with pilgrim peaked hats and powdered wigs, asymmetrical collars—one side pointing upward, the other down—and George Washington curly 'dos, one male hairstyle that's not ready for a comeback.