Bryce Aime Spring 2011

Bryce Aime offered a mixed bag in his Spring 2011 collection. While his show, entitled Asiarama, had a clear eastern influence, there was a separation between two distinct categories: the well structured pieces and the slightly haphazard ones. For me, the true excitement lay not with the floral leggings or sorbet jerseys but with the gold speckled immaculately cut geometric pieces. Disappointingly they weren't more abundant in the collection, but when they surfaced they provided the greatest potential. The skirt and jacket combination (see photo #22) looks reptilian from the back, like the perfectly planned scales on a desert crawler. This displays the ingenious quality of Bryce that, I think, many would like to see more of, rather than the sheer draped jersey in shots #3, 5, and 11, for example. The accessories, on a side note, couldn't have been better. Also designed by Aime, the platformed geisha-esque shoes guaranteed that models maintained a slow stride while side pony tails were topped off by jauntily placed black hats, some of which could be mistaken for Chinese take-away boxes. With Janice Dickinson exclaiming, 'I want that hat!' mid-show, surely one can expect a rampant celebrity endorsement of the Japanese inspired collection.

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