Seattle Designer Talks ‘Balance’

The designs coming out of Angeline Oei’s modest and light-filled studio at the Inscape Arts building in Seattle’s International District are, in short, simple and elegant in the most intriguing way. Original prints in her eponymous line, A.Oei, take the form of eye-catching natural landscapes, and garments are crafted with contemporary silhouettes.

Recently, Angeline Oei released her Fall ’19 line with a sneak peek of some Spring ’20 designs, all of which debuted during a small fashion show, entitled Balance, earlier this fall. Much like her previous collections, the new works play with clean lines and beautiful prints. The fall line is available now, and the spring pieces will launch in March. We spoke with Oei, who shared the vision behind the designs.

Crafting a Collection: “For Spring ’20, I was inspired by Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement) and how the art form uses spare, deliberate lines and organic shapes to reflect balance and harmony in the natural world. The individual designs should have their own unique details but still be easily mixed and matched with other designs. 

At the same time, I am very conscious about what my customers would wear — easy, functional, comfortable designs that also are special and interesting. It’s important that the designs should fit women of different sizes so, oftentimes, I use stretch knit fabrics and looser silhouettes.”   

The Show: “I wanted to play with lots of unexpected detail and texture combinations, but still keep it light and subtle. I worked with local botany artist Ondine to create a floral installation and floral headpieces inspired by A.Oei prints and designs. I also collaborated with a local stylist on the styling and choreography where models would weave in and out of the set to create a dynamic but also mechanical type of rhythm.”

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