Britain’s major tennis event Wimbledon evolves around the talented on the tennis court and a tat about the fashion. Serene Williams’ choices have been very striking, and now Kingston University student Yile Huang, 23, took the texture, shape and colour of a tennis ball for the inspiration behind her final collection.
Originally from Nanning in China, Yile served up an eye-catching collection during Graduate Fashion Week of womenswear contrasting grey with yellows, pinks and royal blue. Also inspired by 3D shapes from the sculpture and architecture, Yile paid close attention to the thickness of the material. The designs were worked up in the studio using calico and wadding. The garments were set off with a striking sculptured effect achieved using a combination of 100% wool and neoprene.
Yile also had the honour to work with top milliner Justin Smith to create the matching felt hats, which topped off the collection. Nominated for the show’s River Island Gold Award, Yile is looking to further develop her fashion credentials and launch her label in the United Kingdom.