From the tropical to the urban jungle - peranakans and colonials - plantations and lofts. Spring 2001 covers the range in an eclectic and easy manner. The spark that ignited the collection came from the beauty of the fabrics - some with a vintage look or feel to them, particularly in the linen raffia and white cotton eyelets, as well as the birdseye, striped or checked silk taffetas. The color palette is sunny with lots of white, earthtones, oranges, blues and black. There are silk seersuckers in different width stripes and a woven linen and wool melange executed in bias cut one size sarongs and tailored jackets. Natural fibers dominate; cotton, whether hand knit or coated with polyurethane, therefore translucent and rainproof, provides a touch of comfort and saturated color.Sarongs are a must have for the season - there are five different kinds in the collection:
One - tubular, in raffia, known as a kain sarong, cut with a cross grain front panel sewn with a zigzag seam - look 1. The decorative details in the seaming and in the grain lines are inspired and influenced by an upcoming exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum that was held last November in London.
Two - constructed, cut on the bias with tucks to control the drape - engineered for those of us in a hurry - look 4.Three - a two-piece back wrap sarong in a white cotton interlock - look 8. Four - a sarong pant for day or evening - look 28.
Five - a scarf sarong made out of a square and two half circles - look 13.Besides the more traditional jackets there are bajus, and kebayas. Pants are straight and cropped, skirts are knee length or short. The high waisted and long legged silhouette is emphasized by the cropped tees and tanks that resemble cholis. The sundress restates the high waisted proportion. Raincoats suitable for tropical rainstorms, hand knit cardigans for cool Hampton nights and shirtdreses for work and play complete the rites of spring at Yeohlee.
Peranakans - Malaysian sharks or Straits Chinese.