I believe Mr. Yamamoto deals with modern accessibility brilliantly through Y-3 and continues to be creative within the aesthetic parameters he created through his signature lines. The fact he's said he "hates" fashion is perfectly normal for someone whose worked so long in the industry. He obviously means the grueling pace, the expectations, the superficial attitudes, the tedious side. What he obviously loves is still intact- style, grace and poetry.
"The one thing that always scares me is to be like the Miss America of the moment, because next year there is a new Miss America" - Alber
While I agree that his men's collection, for me, leaves something to be desired, I agree with Alda about what Yohji means by hating fashion "fashion". Fashion is what's popular and "in style" it has nothing to do with "style" or design or art or history or elegance.
I hate fashion in the sense that it is so forced and then gets distilled through department stores, corporations and advertising. However, I love design, cuts, fabrics and the concepts behind the designers vision.
Y-3 is really just Yamamoto giving direction and a concept to a team of designers. The result is simple fuctional clothing with a modern influence.
Yohji - hate is a very strong word but allow me to vent - I HATE HIM!
His ego is - omg - I can't even tell you... everything he touches apparently turns to gold. Right, the crap he sells for the price of a used car is just disgusting and outrageously overrated (not that all designers dont retail in that price range but YOHJI is a big no no!)