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Independent fashion from the heart of New York City

Spring 2008

May 01, 2008

Yeohlee's Spring 2008 collection was inspired by the mission architecture of the American Southwest, primarily the churches of New Mexico. The starkness of their blocky white-washed adobe shapes, against the mutable changing light of the brilliant desert sky, informed her choice of colors, fabrics, and many variations of the simplest of geometric forms-the square box. The color palette on the runway transitions from light to dark, beginning with white, moving through a range of pale neutrals, on to black-and-white then inky midnight, before concluding with silvery greys. Evident throughout is the presence of luminosity. Quicksilver satin-faced linens, shimmering platinum silks, and mica-flecked navy organza are foils for smoky matte crepes and chiffons. Yeohlee's vocabulary of arcs and ellipses are refined and combined with experimentations on crafting a box from cloth. Numerous garments are constructed from these four-sided, building block foundations including: a raw-edged linen silk shapeshifter (#09) evoking the indigenous shape of native Southwestern costume; a fluid georgette dress (#06) grazes the body, disguising its architectonic hemline; a satin high-waisted skirt rises from its boxy base (#24); and raincoats in white (#03) and midnight (#18) shield the wearer in a balanced geometric cocoon.