Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear
September 09, 2013 New York
Yeohlee Teng staged her moving Spring show at the Jones Wood Gardens, a leafy enclave located in the backyard of a nineteenth-century town house on the Upper East Side, which effectively transported guests away from the chaos of New York fashion week. The urban oasis also served as the jumping-off point for the latest Yeohlee lineup, filled with pretty, natural colors like powder pink, pewter gray, and verdant green. As usual, Teng focused on creating thoughtful, sustainable clothes (produced from start to finish in the Garment District) by implementing patternmaking techniques that minimize environmental waste. Easy silk georgette rompers and body-skimming shifts with beautifully draped backs featuring a geometric plant-cell-inspired print had organic appeal, as did a breezy shibori-dyed chemise. Teng mixed in those softer pieces with more structured ones, including a paperweight raincoat (similar to a recent Resort style), crisp rectangular tops gathered in front with a sash, and a crinkled metallic cotton tunic-and-shorts set hand-embroidered with gray ribbon that created a broken vector motif. A trio of minidresses at the end were definite standouts. They were completely unadorned, which highlighted their engineered stitching. "I treat seaming as a decorative detail," Teng explained afterward. Overall, her calm, considerate approach to design and the serene show setting made these minimal clothes meaningful.