5 posts tagged "Yeohlee Teng"
Earlier this month, the CFDA elected three new designers to sit on its board in order to replace former members Yeohlee Teng, Kenneth Cole, and Isabel Toledo, who will retain emeritus status. WWD reports today that the newcomers are Prabal Gurung, Deborah Lloyd, and The Row’s Ashley Olsen. Strangely, there was no mention of Ashley’s twin and co-designer, Mary-Kate. That’s not to say that the former Full House stars are required to do everything in tandem, but still…maybe next year?
“I’ve often been of accused of, what do you call it, marching to the beat of my own drum,” designer Yeohlee Teng said last night at the opening of her new store on a stretch of 38th Street in the Garment District. The neighborhood is known more for wholesale than retail, but Teng—the general secretary of the CFDA—has been a vocal champion of the district as a whole, and for her first bricks-and-mortar shop, she plunked down square in the middle of it. “It’s actually something I always wanted, and I found the perfect location,” she explained. “When the moment is right, it’s right.”
The narrow rectangular space retains many of the markings of its industrial past life, from steel beams to black Tyvek dressing-room curtains, but it’s been brightened up with the help of architect Joerg Schwartz. In addition to her own Yeohlee line, the store will also carry some of Teng’s favorite accessories, including Bensimon sneakers and recycled rubber jewelry by Kathleen Nowak Tucci. But as designer pal Nicole Miller pointed out, the house’s own Fall collection was the highlight of the offerings, particularly a loose cape top in red silky microfiber ($430). Fingering the racks, Miller, who was fresh from New Zealand fashion week, commented on the unusual neighbors (we counted four string-your-own-beaded-necklace parlors within a block). “It’s a strange location,” she admitted. “But it totally works.”
Yeohlee N.Y., 25 West 38th St., NYC, (212) 244-8635.
With the wind of Marc Levin’s HBO documentary Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags, which aired Monday, at their backs, supporters of NYC’s shrinking Garment District gathered today at noon for a Save the Garment Center rally. There was a sizable turnout for the event at the corner of 39th Street and Seventh Avenue, which was organized by a mix of city officials and led by designers Nanette Lepore and Yeohlee Teng. The crowd spanned the entire northeast side of the block reaching to 40th Street. “The Garment Center is the lifeblood of New York City…and we need to preserve it,” said Lepore, standing on a small stage, to the assembled fashion students, designers, and Garment District workers. “The city has already lost enough of what keeps us unique,” she added.
Designer and CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg turned up to lend her considerable support, as did Michael Kors, Victoria Bartlett, Maria Cornejo, Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright and Chris Benz. “I produce my entire collection here,” said Benz. “For a young designer, the quantities for production lots overseas are enormous. They ask for 1,000 pieces at a time.” Erin Fetherston, who was part of the cause but was out of town filming a broadcast for her line with QVC, had similar thoughts. “The Garment District is so important to New York and New York fashion,” said Fetherston, before the rally. “Big American brands and young designers alike all have access to the same great resources for making clothing.” Or as one of the posters cheekily but effectively summarized, “It’s Sew N.Y.”