Taking place in the middle of awards season, Paris Couture Week is always a trove of red-carpet options. What may come as a surprise is that Yiqing Yin is now vying for a slice of that business.

The designer is known for intricately pleated creations like the pale mint gown Audrey Tautou wore to host the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. The lineup she showed at the Pavillon Cambon was her most accessible to date, with gowns that twisted around the body to deceptively simple effect.

As evening dresses go, these were still on the edgy side. A bolt of gray flannel was knotted into a graceful bustier dress, while a sapphire silk gown coiled around a diamanté belt-cum-halter strap. The tribal-print sheer black catsuit was strictly for attention-seekers, though celebrities seeking to foil paparazzi flashes might opt for a glossy blazer made with reflective threads.

“This collection is a turning point,” the show notes read, noting that Yin was striving toward a new body-centric simplicity. With growing responsibilities, including her ready-to-wear line and her collections for Leonard, Yin no doubt has less time to experiment, and early fans may mourn the loss of the painstaking surface details that long characterized her designs.

But bringing her knack for relaxed tailoring and flawless draping to a wider audience could deliver a much-needed breath of fresh air to the step-and-repeat. A word of advice: Steer clear of the feather-light white silk dress, which resulted in an unfortunate nip slip.

By  on January 26, 2015

Taking place in the middle of awards season, Paris Couture Week is always a trove of red-carpet options. What may come as a surprise is that Yiqing Yin is now vying for a slice of that business.

The designer is known for intricately pleated creations like the pale mint gown Audrey Tautou wore to host the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. The lineup she showed at the Pavillon Cambon was her most accessible to date, with gowns that twisted around the body to deceptively simple effect.

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