Designer Yeohlee Teng is a longtime SundayArts favorite. She’s an architect of fashion, carefully constructing her pieces as functional works of art that have been engineered for today’s “urban nomads.”
She is the Secretary for the CFDA, and is closely involved with the initiative Made in Midtown. As she told SundayArts recently, as part of her vision for the future of the Garment District, she restored the façade of her design- and showroom-space and added a retail storefront to promote visibility and reinvention of the neighborhood.
Teng’s inspirations are deeply rooted in other artistic disciplines, like architecture and music. Recently, she has been exploring the concept she calls “the shape of sound,” drawing on music as another form of texture. For Fall she was deeply influenced by a piece called “The Singing Ringing Tree” and the work of Lebbeus Woods.
Yeohlee collections are always presented in special, unconventional settings, and for her presentation on September 12th she chose Jones Wood as a backdrop, celebrating the balance of a garden in an urban environment.
For Spring 2012 Teng continues to define a tailored silhouette with flattering angles and fabrics that impart definition and structure. Crisp shades of white and cream, and delicate neutrals dominate the color field. Patterns of a dyeing technique called shibori and flame of the forest blossoms add feminine pops of nature for the warmer months.