United Bamboo just launched their online store today, just in case you don't have time to pop into Opening Ceremony or Confederacy to pick up one of their color-block dresses. They'll also be offering up lots of items exclusive to the site. In keeping with the company's philosophy of collaborating with cool downtown artists, musicians and the like, they got James Iha, of Smashing Pumpkins guitar fame, to do the music. Plus there will be graphic animation by French illustrator Pier Fichefeux, just another person who makes us really, really wish we could draw. Who would you like to see as their next musical or artistic partner?
United Bamboo's Beachy Minimalism
In case you forgot, Thuy Pham and Miho Aoki, creators of $500 cat outfits, design cute clothes for people, too. Not that they want you to forget about their feline obsession--the gift bag included this discount card that looked like a cat driver’s license. However, this cat-free collection did a good job of reminding us to take them seriously again. United Bamboo’s Spring 2011 collection was inspired by "shimmering green ocean, clean, pale sand, and puffy clouds in an endless blue sky." The clothes were fit for a tropical vacation. The models walked through an airy two-room gallery space to upbeat west-African - sounding music provided by Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance. It was kind of like Vampire Weekend meets “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid (yeah, my musical references are really sophisticated) and fit perfectly with the collection. The vibe was beachy, minimalist and ladylike. There were definitely a few instances of seasonal trends we’re already starting to notice, including sheer (and not just on top - it seems that visible panties are on their way to becoming a thing), muted colors, and harnesses. There were also a few of these beautiful floral prints with birds and trees, in the form of silk drawstring pants and dresses. Similar works of art could be found at the bottom of an ombre-ish dress and matching long coat. The prints, which added a surprising pop to an otherwise fairly monotone collection, were done by French artist Pier Fichefeux.