Friday Fashion: Yiqing Yin Haute Couture F/W 2012

Early July marked Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris. I'm always eager to see the imaginative concoctions of the world's top designers. Of course, the shows were beautiful – Elie Saab, Armani Prive, John Paul Gaultier, etc. produced noteworthy collections. But I'd like to introduce you to a lesser-known couturier, Chinese-French designer Yiqing Yin.

 Yiqing Yin Haute Couture F/W 2012

Yiqing Yin Haute Couture F/W 2012

Of course, I didn't love every look; but some of them were really fascinating. Others, downright pretty. The collection featured incredibly intricate pieces like the one above. The details and edges seem reminiscent of a paper sculpture. In fact, Yiqing notes, "I’ve always loved arts and crafts until I went to arts school. I thought I would become a sculptor, and then I encountered textiles and discovered their sensual quality." Conversely, the ombre pieces below floated down the runway with an airy ease.

 Yiqing Yin Haute Couture F/W 2012

Yiqing Yin Haute Couture F/W 2012

 Yiqing Yin Haute Couture F/W 2012

Yiqing Yin Haute Couture F/W 2012

 Yiqing Yin Haute Couture F/W 2012

Yiqing Yin Haute Couture F/W 2012

The finale look, Cage, was both familiar and completely alien at the same time. The coloring and materials remind me of a peacock. The bird becomes the cage? I'd definitely put this in the "wearable art" category. And although she looks completely naked beneath, I'm surprisingly not offended.

 Yiqing Yin Haute Couture F/W 2012

Yiqing Yin Haute Couture F/W 2012

I'm looking forward to more of Yiqing's work. Can't wait to see what Spring has in store.

Images: (1-3, 5) Soji Fugii, (4) ImaxTree