Teng's cool, calm, and consistent efficiency deserves to be commended—even if she prefers to fly under the radar. Season after season, the designer creates carefully considered, functional clothes that leave as small of a carbon footprint behind as possible. At a Resort preview in her Garment District studio/store, Teng explained, "The spirit of the new collection has to do with the simplicity and modernist architecture of Fire Island Pines." Simple
was indeed a way to describe a water-repellent white coat with clinical appeal, a pair of crisp cotton judo-inspired pants, and cute trapeze-shaped sundresses that were so lightweight, they prompted the model to jump around and say, "I don't even feel it."
But looking that easy takes more work than you'd imagine, and Teng meticulously places each seam to create zero waste and engineers the prints to use as little fabric as possible. She showed a geometric, painterly pattern on natty jackets and pencil skirts, and incorporated a digital image of a Japanese waterfall on a silk-paneled popover frock. Teng's thoughtful clothes here should resonate with her thoughtful customer.