Nothing is ever what it seems with Yeohlee Teng. Her pre-fall collection for Yeohlee was rich with surprises: a straight skirt softly pleated in back, a mid-thigh coat that dipped to the knees when viewed from the rear. And geometric shapes — an oval, a triangle and a rectangle — in fuchsia on black gabardine pants, for instance, together with an unexpected strip of leather.
Geometry, in fact, is what informs almost all of the designer’s collections, with coats always offering strong examples, be it in silhouette, fabric details or collar shapes. For pre-fall, a slender, flame-hued, felted-wool coat and another one in chalky white over a tweedy stripe-accented sheath were standouts. Yeohlee’s mantra: “I design clothes that one does not have to think about too much, but still, they make a statement.”