Wednesday, 20 March 2013

the 'punk at heart' globetrotter

Yang Li is ”a gentleperson with a punk heart” as he
introduces himself and a real globetrotter being born
in Beijing, raised in Perth (”the capital city of remote
Western Australia” as he points out), educated at
London's Central Saint Martins focusing on menswear
and trained in Antwerp interning for Raf Simons.

A professed punk-hearted designer could only be based
in London where Li eventually returned in 2010 to launch
his own creative studio working on both women's and
menswear but strange to say, he took his debut runway
presentation only three weeks ago at the Hôtel Salomon
de Rothschild venue during the latest Paris fashion week.

The collection's unveiling showed a fully grown personal
goth-elegant aesthetic with tailored outfits bearing a sense
of luxury and simplicity at the same time through which
Yang Li reinterprets classics such as the Chanel-type
jacket, the double-breasted woolen coat which is often
fastened with long glossy belts, his awe-inspiring takes
on the motorcycle leather jacket, which is opened on the
back and laced with cord to make it fit like a glove
and full-length flowing skirts  with a gripping 
metallic-looking skirt in silver taffeta.

Li showcased both his men's and womenswear 
AW 2013-14 collections using the same color palette and 
the same fabrics (both male and female models wore the
same ankle boots, though) yet this ain't a unisex collection
at all, Li's nervy silhouettes are extremely feminine and
classy: he actually works with the most experienced
Italian factories to produce his clothes and this can be
particularly appreciated taking a closer look at the finest
leathers he employs. What a great kickoff!

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