Designer Sneak Peek: Wai Ming
High demand, national press and an Emmy moment are par for the course for Wai ming, the fashion brainchild of St. Louis designer Emily Brady Koplar. Within one season, Wai Ming’s presence has grown dramatically, and so has the label’s level of sophistication. Koplar’s breezy and colorful spring line was undoubtedly of-the-moment, but the insightful designer contends that fall calls for a transition to more structural, geometric-inspired pieces. With interest piqued and expectations high, we were first in line to get a sneak peek at the new fall line-up.
Almost immediately, we were taken by the luxurious feel of the collection, particularly the use of leather, which Koplar has fashioned as glossy accoutrements to the line’s impeccable knits. The restrained use of color (black, white and a few chic shades of gray) make the alternate hues truly pop. We found ourselves smitten with a versatile dress featuring a cognac leather shell and pleated black skirt. Perhaps the most noteworthy of the collection is a stunning floor-length dress, shown in an inky, sea-inspired shade of teal.
When asked who she would most like to dress, it was assumed Koplar would respond by dropping a celebrity name or two, especially since one of her designs graced the red carpet at last year’s Emmy Awards. Instead, she opts to design for the modern woman. “I try to think of different situations in her life that she needs to dress for and design into them,” Koplar says. Wai Ming can be found locally at Esther and Ivy Hill.