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Limi Feu

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TOUGH ROMANTIC

Paris: Unlike her father, Yohji Yamamoto, Limi Feu’s clothes are typically more urban and rock ‘n’ roll than they are romantic. For F/W 2010, however, the designer seemed to have a harder time resisting pretty-feminine concepts, with ultra-sentimental silk, lace and crochet dresses hidden beneath the tough outerlayers. Even the masculine double-breasted jackets and coats had ruffles, tiers, and peplums dripping from their hems. Heavy layering defined most of the silhouettes, with shrunken jackets narrowing the shoulders and nipping the waists of baggy separates and dresses. But regardless of how delicate the pieces were, Feu found a way to make most looks appropriate for everyday; when styled with rugged boots, even the fanciest items looked streetwise. With so many diverse elements, the designer’s vision did seem to get cloudy a few times, but credit must be given for straying from her comfort zone. Besides, an imperfect show that is interesting will always be more fun to watch than one featuring safe looks that we’ve seen before.

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