Yeojin Bae is offering a glimpse of the 1980s for spring/summer 2010-11. Still as sharp and sophisticated as ever, we’re not talking eighties clichés here, there’s no power-dressing shoulder pads or Fame-esque leg warmers. It’s all about eighties elegance: the suave cool of Duran Duran and James Bond style glamour as Bae refines the Age of Excess for the twenty-first century.
Sophisticated tailoring has a masculine edge as skinny-legged cigarette pants and crisp tuxedo jackets define the collection. Shoulders are balanced by one-button jackets that skim over waists and by-pass hips, creating a look of boyish leanness.
Femininity comes by way of micro-mini hemlines. Long, lithe limbs are showcased in super short shift dresses; dropped waists sitting well with the slim line of the mannish trouser suits.
The feel is classic Calvin Klein, but younger. Suiting is styled with collarless shirts and slouchy, marle Tees. Traditional tailoring is interspersed with lighter, linen dresses for the heat of the Antipodean summer.
Colours are fresh. Bae’s blend of earthy and urban tones create a dynamic palette to carry you through the season and beyond. Persimmon and chocolate brown are mixed with petrol blue and minimalist white; with two-tone colour blocking dividing up dresses and skirts adding still to the modernist feel.
In her words, the message is relaxed sophistication; a re-evaluation of wardrobe basics – concepts that she promotes from season to season. Yeojin Bae may be consistent but she is never dull. Her collection may centre around key classics but with Bae’s easy-going chic you can be sure they’ll take on a thoroughly modern meaning.
Pssst… All items from the Autumn/Winter “Feminine Noir” collection will be marked at 50% off RRP on sale from today until sold out. The sale is on at the Yeojin Bae Showroom Level 1, Studio 4/249 Chapel Street in Prahran. Open Thursday and Friday from 12pm to 7pm and Saturday from 12pm to 5pm.
Wise words by Gail Appleby
Images courtesy label.Tags: 80's, spring summer 2011, yeojin bae