Yeohlee Teng's label is inspiring in its efficiency. The designer, who has long taken a zero-waste approach to fashion, was keen to point out that her Fall show left a very small carbon footprint. Staged at a vacant storefront located directly across the street from the Yeohlee
flagship/design studio, today's small-scale runway production had a no-frills integrity that complemented the clothes, which were all produced just a block away in the Garment Center. Sustainability is a top priority for Teng, who is committed to using up all the leftover fabrics she has acquired over the years. She described her new collection as "quite the textile mashup."
Teng proposed key pieces here more than complete outfits. Menswear-inspired jerkins were styled in a variety of ways, while a pleated tartan skirt gave off a punky vibe. There were a few kooky moments, too. A green mohair jumper with awkward gathers at the hem looked like something a quirky substitute art teacher would wear. On the other hand, the finale number—a blood-orange-colored silk slip cut on the bias—was a clear winner. It captured a certain ease and freedom of movement that Teng continually strives to achieve.