Elegant decay was Yiqing Yin’s fixation for spring, expressed via intensive fabric research. “Jacquards developed from images of lichens, of walls in a state of putrefaction, with paint that runs and changes,” she explained.

Yin also developed embroideries in silk and Lurex that were shredded and then re-embroidered over. The deliberate imperfection gave a unique allure to cocktail dresses and coats with origamilike seaming and sexy cutouts. Yin also mixed in plainer, more organic shapes, namely draped tops, skirts and dresses in liquid jersey.

Among the standout pieces was a gray organza pintucked jacket and a sky blue sweatshirt embroidered with a galaxy of multicolored crystals.

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