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Mercibeaucoup’s Spring 2009 collection was a whirlwind of over-the-top pieces and eye-popping combinations adorned with all manner of pom pom, tassel and fringe. “The weirder and the geekier the kids look, the better,” quipped stylist Mary Fellowes, who pitched in the season assisting designer Eri Utsugi. “She’s got this incredible instinct—without trying to know what the Japanese youth want.” A peach frock with a plaid insert bearing the image of a tiger, over aqua leggings, yellow socks and red peep toed shoes—that’s a lot to take in—and it was only the first look to grace the runway. The cartoonish kookiness followed with oversized madras trousers, a punchy turquoise frock over bubblegum striped tights, a floor-length dress in bold stripes of yellow, blue and grey.