Claudia Li autumn/winter 2017 collection presentation for NYFW
Claudia Li’s new collection blew viewers away into a whole new dimension. The theme of the exhibit, “Take me away to another place and time,” was truly captured throughout the presentation. Travelling through a time machine, to a display full of abstract triangles, layering details, and fabric full of plaid.
The simple, exquisite atmosphere and music allowed the audience to examine the delicate details of Li’s unique, yet mysterious display. The models’ smooth, natural make-up with a coordinating daring lip strengthened the techniques of Li’s work. The long, underlays shaped each model’s body by flowing right to the bone of the ankle, allowing for the discreet details of the shoes to shine. The capsule footwear collection was a prominent feature, with the smooth white texture and fine, three-inch wooden heel, showcased on its own, or paired with a geometric design.
Atop of the rouched sleeves, the variety of overlays present were impeccable. From a vast array of plaid, corduroy and fur, each piece showcased a new vision. Specifically, a conspicuous combination was the use of a bold, deep, burgundy corduroy. The daring shade allowed for the plaid, mid-length, water-proof overcoat to align perfectly with the look. The importance of details upon the plaid, including the black horn buttons and hue arrangement displayed the delicacy of the style. The use of grey, olive green and a vibrant yellow of a raincoat granted access to the clean cut, bottom layer.
Alongside the shapes and complex arrangements, Li displayed some smoother, yet distinct items. A silk, cream, cuffed long sleeve blouse laid on the model and the rouching up the side provided a different ambience. In comparison to the more straightforward pieces, this looser look and bulkier wrists allowed for the trilateral top vest to shine.
The designer’s trademark theme of plaid enabled a new combination of a mystical setting throughout the entirety. Li’s new collection and the journey she embarks her observers through is elegant and causal all at once. The embodiment of a vast array of shapes, palettes and fabrics truly accounts for the time-changing theme.
Mary Kate McGranahan
Photos: Dana Laquidara