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HAUTE COUTURE SPRING 2012
YIQING YIN

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During last Fall’s Prêt-à-Porter, in Paris, I had the great pleasure of meeting Yiqing Yin. She staged a fabulous presentation on the top floor of Galeries Lafayette, and I was both overwhelmed by the collection, and moved by Yiqing herself. I found it incredible that such a soft-spoken young woman could pour so much heart and soul into her work. Her romantic, sometimes insane designs inspire me, and I was eager to see this season’s couture show.

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Unfortunately, traffic this season in Paris bordered on the unmanageable, and despite racing to the venue, I arrived too late to claim my seat. Luckily, Yin’s team whisked me backstage so I could watch the show from there–and it was thrilling to see the behind-the-scenes hurricane that’s a part of every défilé. I also watched Yin’s reaction to the pandemonium, and marveled at her ability to stay calm, cool and collected, even in the midst of the storm.

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Once again, Yiqing’s presentation was one of the best I saw during the Haute Couture. Working with pleats of all sizes, she shaped necklines on coats and jackets; made patterns (some swirling, some symmetric); and used laser-cut strips to make body-hugging dresses. There was one fur coat-dress (with a matching hat) that was wild, but very beautiful–and a slim, low-cut black dress that was also a knockout. Later that week, I saw Yiqing at the Sidaction dinner: she was wearing the coat and looked stunning (as well as relieved that her show was over). I congratulated her again on an amazing collection. She’s a real talent, and I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next!

Photographs by Stéphane Israël

FASHION WEEKS, HAUTE COUTURE, CHIC WOMEN'S STYLE, Paris (393), Yiqing Yin (5)

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