Yeohlee's spring geometric shapes
Renee Minus White | 4/12/2011, 4:34 p.m.
Yeohlee's spring silhouettes are focused on geometric forms. Think about cubes, the crescent and the parabola. She expanded the design concept of public space to include oceans. In her collection, the jellyfish becomes an important shape because it floats and creates a buoyant dialogue between the supple and the solid. She showed pearly shaped, translucent polyurethane-coated knit rainwear, mercurial linen lame and misty white knits in cotton.
A pretty coral reef print in silk organza nets her a collection that balances density with lightness. Yeohlee's spring '09 collection was presented in The Van Alen Institute.Dedicated to engage architecture in public spaces, it's a nonprofit organization that was named after William Van Alen,architect of the Chrysler building. Built in Paris, the celebrated architect Bernard Tschumi's Parc de la Villete (Park of the Village) was the inspiration for Yeohlee's spring '09 collection. This vast site was deemed "a park for the 21st century. Parisian city planners reclaimed land that was formerly occupied by slaughterhouses. Divergent from traditional notions of parks as "open green spaces," Tschumi's vision of urban renewal is anchored by 10-meter-square cubes of red steel pavilions that are known as follies.The deconstruction of the cubes, as well as her vibrant red color, are recurring themes throughout Yeohlee's collection. Her fabrics include silk organza in the color of reef coral.Her translucent knits are water resistant.There's a metallic linen lame that's as mercurial as moonlight on sea waves. Her sheer cottons are in the natural colors of beach sand. She also features gossamer lace and menswear fabrics in beach pebble shades. Linen knits that are reminiscent of fishing nets round out the collection. Good Show!