Runway Report: United Bamboo

It was no secret what Thuy Pham and Miho Aoki had in mind when they presented United Bamboo's spring '09 collection Confettisystem's spangled banners draped on the runway entrance looked a bit like glittering seaweed, and the soundtrack to the show began with crashing waves and ended with James Iha's custom soundtrack of ukelele-tinged pop music. If you haven't guessed it already, the show was all about summer and the beach. Fresh-faced models with wispy side-buns strutted the catwalk in delicate pieces that seemed almost transparent. Paperbag-waist shorts and origami-pleated tops complemented slouchy anoraks and swing coats in soothing shades of beige and white. Starting off quietly, the show ended with a bang as hot-pink pieces popped in against subtler hues, along with seafoam green and kelp-print frocks. And what better way to top off the looks than with Deka Ray's delicate yet sharply geometrical necklaces and hairclips? A better study in contrasts won't be found anywhere else this Fashion Week.

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