Summary: Having interned with Jill Stuart and done knitwear for Alice + Olivia, Barney’s, LaROK and Elizabeth and James, Ann Yee has plenty of experience bolstering her own line, which she began in Autumn 2009. And it shows.
For Fall, Ann experiments with both visual and physical texture, draping abstractly printed tunics and skirts with long knit cardigans and over sheer panels of fabric. Not only does she employ unique, fresh approaches to layering, but her vivid color combinations and various explorations of proportion (oversized, asymmetrical, elongated, shortened) all contribute to a collection that is visually dynamic and uniquely seasoned.
Her woman is urban and edgy, but witty — she wears shiny Doc Martens with that “rainbow in the water” effect, and braids her hair up the back, teasing it into a chic hornet’s nest at the forehead. She may not care about what other people think, but she cares deeply about the creativity of clothing, style, and the artistry behind design techniques. In a word, she is pretty damn cool (Okay, five words).
Ann’s is a very exciting collection, with authenticity and a great deal of intelligence. When it comes to fashion, she definitely has something fresh and new to say, and we’re excited to listen in.
Colors: Ochre, grey, cornflower blue, dusky plum, black, golden yellow, white, red, burgundy, navy blue, beige, tan, army green, pale blue
Fabrics and Textures: Cotton, knit, chiffon, taffeta, silk, draping, asymmetry, layering, pleating
Key Looks: Burgundy jumpsuit with palazzo pants and an army green long-sleeved bolero jacket; Red, black and burgundy halter dress with oversized draped panels and a tail off the back; Ruffled ochre cropped short sleeve shirt with a green-gray “school girl” skirt and knee highs.
– Amanda Aldinger
Photos: Ann Yee; photographer Keith Lew