The temperature drops at the Xiao Li Autumn/Winter 17 presentation…
Xiao Li works under the philosophy that knitwear doesn’t have to be shapeless, so true to her word, she created knitted jumpers with exaggerated sleeves and flared cuffs, detailed with contrasting colours on the seams. We love the matching knee high socks; a must have this coming Autumn/Winter.
The oversized knitted bobble hats, that come with matching scarves, are a great demonstration of how Li can transform the ordinary by simple yet effective changes. For the A/W collection, she contrasted these heavy knits with finer fabrics and techniques.
Victorian ruffles are re-occurring in this collection. Blouses have high ruffled, gathered necks and cuffs, distorting the silhouettes and creating volume out of the fabrics.
The award-winning designer added elegant outerwear to the lineup. Navy and black waterfall coats have elasticated waistbands and trench coats are designed with overpowering lapels and wide, cropped sleeves. Our favourite is the shorter, black kimono style jacket- a versatile piece that can be worn from daywear to eveningwear.
Li showcased some of the garments in real ice block sculptures which lined the room, much like an art installation. It allowed the audience to view the pieces in a different, innovative perspective, and get a true feel for the colder seasons ahead.
WORDS: LAUREN NOBLE | FASHION WRITER
IMAGES: CHARLY WOODHOUSE