Though classed as the first womenswear collection from YII, the array of cropped jersey trousers, long fitting shirts, patterned knits and stretch scuba jackets presented were almost entirely genderless.
Influenced by the way children find inspiration in the everyday, and their ability to dream and imagine without the confines that adult life can bring, the YII SS16 collection took each onlooker on a storytelling adventure via oversized silhouettes, tactile textures and bold prints. Many pieces provided a blank canvas for collages of colourful abstract shapes that represented metaphors from the book ‘The Little Prince’, while some featured a more understated twist or fabric design to bring balance to the overall aesthetic.
3D crocheted fish made an appearance attached to a sweeping floor length knitted dress or caught in a sheer net sewn into the back of a white sleeveless top; a brand signature that conjured up imagery of Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo. Large cobalt blue cloud-like forms floated over a sheer boxy overcoat, which was layered over a skirt of the same colour and knitted high necked orange crop top. While, a matching black long sleeved jumper and knee length knitted skirt were covered in white and sunshine yellow misshapen circles.
With models parading in barefoot and a textured yellow jacket adorned with the brand motto ‘We Never Grow’, this was a fresh, youthful and slightly surreal womenswear debut from the Kuala Lumpur based designer, who had also skilfully managed to find harmony between stark minimalism and the highly detailed.