Jul 04, 2017 | By Lizzy Bowring
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POIRET MEETS PIERROT
This week in New York, Paul Poiret met Pierrot and clashed with a bevy of modern art masters by way of United Bamboo’s spring collection. Silhouettes bloomed from the empire waist, tapering down to a narrow fit around the knee or ankle to evoke images of vintage costumes from the circus and the Ballet Russes. Prim sheaths were grounded with crinkled satins for a slightly disheveled ladies-who-lunch look, while delicately sinuous hats in horsehair silk looked ready for the races. Designers Miho Aoki and Thuy Pham seemed to plunder MOMA for inspiration, picking up elements from Rothko’s color fields, De Kooning’s scribbles and Kandinsky’s floating objects for their print motifs. White brush strokes on jet black chiffon mimicked the liquid surfaces that have been seen all over the runways, and represented the duo’s ability to create polished looks in an organic way.