“ I found inspiration from the wit and audacity of Andrew Geller’s architecture particularly the Pearlroth double diamond beach shack nestled in the dunes of the Hamptons. He extolled the simple life, respected the common materials and added a dash of whimsy to his strict geometry.”
—– Yeohlee Teng
This afternoon, Yeohlee Teng, the avant-grade American designer, released 16 designs of her spring 2013 collection in her store. The runway was cut into two sections with models cat walking slowly between sections. This season, Yeohlee’s inspiration comes from architecture. “ I can start a piece with anything, math, geometry, people, animal… architecture caught my attention.” There is a profusion of color, inspired by 50’s architecture and futuristic survival tents in vibrant shades of yellows, oranges and lime with a fluid ocean blue. “My clothing is like shelter, you find yourself and life and beyond; it’s more than a fabric to put on.”
For the established and environmental-friendly designer, fashion is not all about style and trends. “ Fashion for me is about life style: how we live, what happen to the world…it’s bigger than just trends.” Indeed, the amazing work of the new collection actually includes pieces of leftover from her work before. She believes that saving the leftover is smart and great idea and the same philosophy applies to all her work. “You have to give real value to what you do. You have to be able to satisfy style and fashion, and be multifunctional.” With her fashion-is-more-to fashion belief, Yeohlee will bring us more creative but not-only-fabric clothing.
It’s so delightful and refreshing to talk to Yeohlee. She looks nothing like a woman her age. Her perspective of fashion actually sheds light on everything in life. She will go to the Anna Sui show later this week. If you happen to meet a young lady living in the body of a woman with waist-long straight white hair, go up and say hi.