August 30 2014

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The Next Big Thing: Ann Yee Spring ’14


Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month kicks into gear, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.

Anne Yee

Label: Ann Yee

Need to Know: Considering its crumbling economy and ramshackle civil state, Detroit is the last place you might expect a fashion designer to find inspiration, but up-and-comer Ann Yee (who happens to be a Michigan native) found beauty and hope in the chaos, and dedicated her new Spring collection, entitled Resurgence, to the Motor City. Yee interpreted the concept quite literally at times, showing a series of softly tailored separates printed with a grid-like collage of photographs (lensed by her brother and cousin) capturing historic Detroit landmarks such as the Wurlitzer Building and Hotel Eddystone. Elsewhere, she was subtler with her references. Crisp twill separates like a cargo jacket and matching boxy skirt created with the modern factory girl in mind had architectural appeal, while several of Yee’s signature knits were flecked with metallic yarn so that they glinted like a shiny new car.

She says: “I feel like Detroit is on the brink of a renaissance and wanted to pay tribute to its unique culture and history. I’d like people to see the possibility of the city being something of value once again.”

Where to find it: American Two Shot, TENOVERSIX, Condor, and End of Century

Photo: Courtesy of Stephen Wilson

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