Fashion fact: You can’t light up a room if you look like you got dressed in the dark.
Pull yourself together with Wai Ming (Chinese for “gift of light”), Midwest designer Emily Brady Koplar’s debut collection.
With mobility in mind (Koplar’s based in St. Louis but produces Wai Ming in NYC), the Parsons grad uses lightweight fabrics like Chinese silk and Italian cottons and georgette to create looks that are as feminine as they are functional.
Try the Aaron tunic for casual summer refinement; a blazer, tights, and boots carry you through fall. The tucked wrap dress is tomboy chic; strapless dress Brooke’s braided detailing provides a nautical edge without being over the top; the airy Caroline blouse has a hint of hippie.
Koplar favors neutrals (grays, whites), so you can jazz up your getup any way you please.
Photo: Courtesy of Wai Ming