At Uehara show, homage to fashion and to singing photographer

Designer Yuka Uehara, whose hand-painted gowns and geometric day dresses have dazzled fashionistas at cultural openings and left shoppers at MAC awestruck, hosted a fashion presentation to celebrate her new Tokyo Gamine Capsule Collection.

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The designer herself, whose co-hosts were Erin Carlson and Damion Matthews, flitted around greeting pals and radiating excitement. Her past shows have featured dancers dressed in the clothes, sashaying down “runways” to music. This time, she said, there would be a singer.

Suddenly, a keyboardist began playing, the preshow chatter morphed into a hush, and music filled the room. A pair of dancers in Yuka clothes came out, and then, with great self-confidence in both his appearance (a red-bearded 6-foot-2 man wearing a Yuka dress and a pair of towering high heels) and his voice (a strong tenor), Devlin Shand sang songs from the ’70s as more models pranced around him

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