June 21, 2011 New York
The United Bamboo girl has been on a tomboy streak the past few seasons. For Resort, designers Thuy Pham and Miho Aoki had vintage navy uniforms on the brain, and they really ran with the maritime theme. Bateau-stripe linen sweaters, lace-up details, and knotted rope prints were sweet additions to the menswear-inspired silhouettes here. At times the effect bordered on twee, as was the case with a sailor-collar peacoat jacket adorned with gold star pins and embroidered anchors; even without the white cap in the lookbook, it felt a little too Shirley Temple on the Good Ship Lollipop. But, as Thuy noted, "our customer always wants an element of…cute." For the most part, the rest of this collection was well thought out, boasting wearable pieces like a parka jacket with zip-off sleeves, a sharp tuxedo blazer, and a soft chambray wrap-effect dress.
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