Compared to her Parson’s School of Design pals, NYFW sophomore Claudia Li is the one taking a long road. In comparison with many fashion designers who launched their lines fresh out of college, she took her time to intern and freelance prior to launching her showstopping collection this past Wednesday at the Art Beam.
Her minimalistic and detail-oriented compendium of denim and thread accents proved to be worth the wait. Li’s artistic take on the comfort-driven look is a tailored chefs-d’oeuvre that will certainly draw crowds of followers.
Dissecting strategic elements of Claudia Li’s collection, I have to mention a dominance of wide-cut bows and knots that the designer used to accentuate not only cuffs and shirtfronts, but also sides and legs of culottes and trousers.
A belled cuff that grabbed people’s attention over my recent Periscope broadcast, added a sculptural appeal to otherwise urban styles.
Another classic for Li design element, an oversized double sleeve draped out of yarn, appealed most to my personal taste. Even though the design might seem not suited for everyday wear, it is definitely eye candy to look out for.
Translating Claudia Li’s collection into color and silhouette language, I suggest looking out for enzyme-washed denim, kimono-style cashmere coats, and embroidered vegan leather.
Overall, Claudia Li’s collection seemed strongly defined and under control. She is unquestionably a new NYFW talent to keep an eye on.