Appalachia was the theme of Ann Yee’s fall 2013 collection. The designer said at her Friday show that she was inspired by Black Mountain College, a North Carolina art school, located in the mountains, that started in the '30s.
“It was really this cool unconventional art school so I took cues from their artwork with their mixed media, the unexpected pops of color, the textures,” she explained. “I really wanted to infuse this collection with lots of knitwear lots of layering mixed with softer silk pieces.”
The result was a much more grown up Ann Yee than we’ve seen from past seasons. Along with her double and triple collars--Yee’s signature--girls at the presentation wore bobble vests with button-downs, boucle sweaters with silk shorts. A cardigan that also acted like a poncho made a thermal sweater dress look a little more mature. It was obvious that the Ann Yee girl was evolving.
So has Yee as a designer. The strongest category was also the one the designer had never explored until this season: Outerwear. There were moto vests and a jacquard leather jacket. A cropped plisse jacket made a simple sweater dress instantly sophisticated. The collection proved that even girls in remote places like Appalachia have no excuse to be anything short of chic.