Y&Kei's Fall 2006 Collection Waters The Earth

Water The Earth:  Y&Kei's Fall 2006 Collection

Hanii Yoon and Gene Kang were successful designers in Korea before they opened their Soho store in 2001.  Soon thereafter, the design team, which took on the name of Y&Kei (their initials), debuted their 2002 Spring/Summer collection during New York Fashion Week in 2001.  The launch of their Fall 2006 collection at Olympus Fashion Week on Sunday, February 5 will insure the continued success of this husband and wife fashion team.  Titled 'Water The Earth', the show featured clothing created for every woman.  Flowing dresses with caviar beads, ruffled shirts, thin paints and tailored pantsuits were standout pieces during this wonderful show.

The large promenade space at Bryant Park was awash in serene, muted light, edgy music blaring, and stars like former Law & Order actress Elizabeth Rohm lining the front rows.  The Asian influence was evident in the minimalist makeup, up do hair embellished with brooches and blank stares of the predominantly blonde models. As the models slowly walked in a circular fashion to the quirky soundtrack, all eyes were on clothing in shades of lavender, midnight blue, black, anthracite, ivory and white.  The colors were calming, the clothing absolutely gorgeous in its detail and workmanship.

Known for their use of contrasting materials and textures, Y&Kei's collection made use of velvets, silks, chiffon, jersey, and brocade. While some of the pairings might seem a bit strange (sheer chiffon top paired with thin high waisted pants), Y&Kei's quirky sensibility works. The skirt and top outfit was redefined with a royal blue crushed velvet coat over a black silk camisole, a black and silver pleated full skirt on bottom.  A black cashmere turtleneck was paired with a black lace over silver embossed velvet skirt creating the perfect day into night outfit.  The pant suit was a recurring theme throughout the show an elegant version of the tuxedo was impeccably tailored and yet sensual when paired with a sheer black top.  High waisted pants with intricate detailing, including a sequined bow belt, served to accentuate the feminine form.  Flowing silk dresses with high necks and low cut backs evidenced the designers' unique vision of the 21st century woman, one who wants to look sexy and feel comfortable. A navy and lavender chenille jacquard belted jacket with black stretch gabardine pants used three of the prominent colors in this collection. A gorgeous black Chantilly lace jacket embroidered with pearls over a black organza pleated blouse, midnight blue velvet knickers on bottom, was a hit with the crowd the combination was edgy, yet classic.

Y&Kei's dresses are wearable art.  A bronze silk jersey jabot gown with grey velvet belt flowed as model Maria sashayed down the runway.  A low neck line, draped front silver lame jersey goddess gown would truly make any woman a goddess its simplicity insuring that any sized woman would look exquisite in it.  These are clothes that one desires and would be desired in; clothes of silk, jersey, chenille, chiffon, lace and charmeuse.  Y& Kei's Water the Earth collection succeeds on every level design, color, tailoring.

photos courtesy of www.nymag.com

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