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Sunday, March 25, 2007


Harking back

Special to The Japan Times

Imagine yourself an elderly gentleman sitting down to a solitary supper when a parade of tall, lean ladies suddenly begin strutting down the length of your dining table in 1920s flapper-inspired looks.

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That was the scene enacted at newcomer Yuge's show, and considering the ladies were statuesque models exhibiting some serious attitude, the geezer in question was in no position to splutter any complaint.

Models storming down the table-turned-runway showed off a coherent collection that included jodhpurs, silk jacquard short bodysuits, and leopard-print vinyl raincoats, all of which conjured up images of an "it" girl out on the town back in those halcyon days of women's lib. After a finale of timelessly classic pieces such as a balloon-silhouette empire dress with a feather-covered bodice, and a wonderful floor-length thick black-and-white striped evening gown, the gentleman politely excused himself from the table looking completely unfazed -- a suitable end to this artfully executed exercise in old-time elegance.

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