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NYFW Fall 2011: ANN YEE


ANN YEE’s AW/11 is a collection about mood and the dark reflections of emotion.  John Keats’ poem, “When I Have Fears,” stands as the inspiration behind the designer’s latest collection.  Yee uses the ideas behind Abstract Romanticism, romance as an idealistic fiction, in order to design silhouettes that aren’t overly “romantic,” but still seem to capture the same sensibility.  As seen in past collections, elborate fabrics and sophisticated silks endow an elegant vibe that is off-set with edgy cuts, unexpected details and outre styling.  Yee has garnered significant media attention and solidified herself as an emerging designer to watch.  Yee is inspired by the construction of vintage garments and looks to the quality standards of eras past when designing her pieces, and to me that truly shows style.

When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,
Before high-piled books, in charactery,
Hold like rich garners the full ripen’d grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love;–then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.

John Keats

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