“We wanted to make clothes you can wear to work,” Thuy Pham, one half of the design duo that is United Bamboo told us after their spring 2012 show. And if you want to be the chicest, hippest, girl at the office, this collection is for you.
There was an emphasis on suiting, but with a relaxed bent: a black leather blazer you could live in; navy linen pleat front pants and blazers to match; printed slouchy silk dresses. But as always with United Bamboo, there are subtle twists and tricks. The feminine bow details at the shoulder of dresses served a function, too. Pham demonstrated on a dress his co-designer Aoki that the bow is actually a ribbon sewn through the waist of the dress, so when it’s tied at the shoulder it’s gathered just-so. Blazers were split open at the back. Pham said the pair were influenced by Issey Miyake in the ’90s. The abstract prints were done by Aoki’s husband, a painter who was inspired by ’80s street graffiti.
And of course we couldn’t leave without asking about their famous cat calendar (obviously a Fashionista favorite). “I want to do something but maybe not a calendar,” Pham said. “If it’s something really clever we’ll do it.”
**All images: Imaxtree