May 01, 2009
Bernard Tschmui's Parc de la Villette in Paris, an Urban Park for the 21st Century, built on a vast site that was formerly occupied by slaughterhouses, has been an inspiration for Spring 2009. Divergent from traditional notions of parks as open green spaces, Tschumi's vision of urban renewal is anchored by twenty-six ten-meter-square cubes of red steel pavilions known as follies. The deconstruction of the cubes, as well as their vibrant red color, are recurring themes throughout the collection. YEOHLEE's Spring silhouettes are exploded geometric forms such as the cube, the crescent and the parabola. Expanding the concept of public space to include our oceans, the jellyfish becomes an important shape, floating through Tschumi's rigid grid, creating a buoyant dialogue between the supple and the solid. Pearly translucent polyurethane coated knit rainwear, mercurial linen lamé, misty white knits in cotton and a coral reef print silk organza, net a collection that balances density with lightness.