Y & Kei
February 05, 2008 New York
In a recent interview with Style.com, Kang defined the label's aesthetic as being "avant-garde romantic," but Fall was all the stronger for not trying to be too edgy. In fact, the color-infused clothes evidenced a certain classicism. The opening and closing looks were done in an impressionist garden print slathered with clear sequins. There was a series of fit-and-flare looks in more traditional menswear fabrics, and a virtual bouquet of printed silk dresses. Known for their textile sense, the Korean duo used angora and downy brushed wool for day coats, ombré jacquard for an evening topper, and a lustrous copper velour on a striking long dress. (They also used foil lamé on a mini, but with less success.) All in all, it was a well-pruned collection, and Kang and Yoon are blossoming.