July 11, 2010 New York
There's been a note of boyishness in the United Bamboo collection lately. Last fall, Miho Aoki and Thuy Pham sent suiting separates down the runway, and now, for Resort, they're vacationing, as it were, in classic Oxbridge, with a range that takes England's Henley Royal Regatta as its theme. It doesn't get more proper than the century-plus-old boat race on the Thames, but no fear that UB is getting stuffy. Look closely at a floral calico, and you'll spot a tiny Pac-Man-style ghost. A larger flower array suggested a hothouse gone to seed. Feminine and masculine played off one another in the proportions of nipped-in mini blazers cut close to the figure and formfitting trousers. (Intriguingly, Pham promises a sexier show to go along with this closer crop for Spring.) The Japanese-made knits, introduced last season and expanded here, were a standout—just the sort of open-weave sweaters a lad would want for a chilly English day on the river.
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