Profile: Ann Yee mixes hard & soft for 2010
Ann Yee started her androgynous designs back in 2009, and has now curated a cult following for her draped, monochromatic looks. Although her pieces are modern and fluid, this Nolita-based designer finds futuristic inspiration in vintage finds. Her attention to construction and details puts her luxury styles in a whole different arena, while many contemporary designs forgo craftsmanship for cost.
Plaid jumpers, slouched trousers, and cropped coats in her A/W 2010 collection make menswear inspired instantly sexy. However, she didn’t throw femininity out the window. The careful draping, heaps of fabric, and silky blouses aren’t for a plain Jane, but rather a savvy workingwoman.
Even though her designs are only a couple years old, she’s no baby in the fashion world. Ann Yee worked at Barney’s and Elizabeth & James, just to name a few, before her solo debut into the fashion marketplace.
Where does the creative force go to get her juices flowing? Hong Kong and London are her cities of choice when it comes to inspiration. The designer contends that she always gets ideas from people on the streets.
In regards to her newly launched autumn/winter line, Yee told LadyLUX, “I feel this collection has been the most cohesive out of all the collections - it's shown growth for me as a designer and I think I've started to maintain that important, yet difficult, balance of fashion and function.” She also mentioned the versatility in her pieces and how she hopes the wearer will take advantage and try different combinations of the pieces. “It is important to me to create something that women relate to. I design clothes that seamlessly fit into lives, not dictate to them,” said Yee.
Check out the gallery for a peek at Ann Yee's A/W 2010 lookbook.