Claudia Li SS18 NYFW

Claudia Li debuted its SS18 collection at New York Fashion Week at Skylight Clarkson Square. The Spring/Summer ’18 collection brought whimsy and fantasy to life. Li raised in New Zealand, to parents who were both artists, fell in love with fashion and painting at a young age. It was evident that like her family, she too would have a career in the arts. Following her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Li moved to London to pursue her interest in fashion design. Li’s background in fine arts is visible in her collection.

Claudia Li SS18

Claudia Li SS18
Photo: Provided by Claudia Li

Claudia Li has emerged from underground to a budding designer full of reverie and playfulness. Evident in her Spring Summer collection which teetered between surrealism and childlike dreams. The collection titled “Dreams-Foxes live under the rainbow,” served as a dream scape of nature and curiosity.

Claudia Li Evokes Childhood Memories

Li’s collection featured a colorful palette and Japanese silhouettes. Kimono jackets, belts, and dresses were displayed. But it was her quirky, atypical construction that made her line stand out. Light silks and jerseys were draped into hanging tulips and cocoon shapes, while cotton and denim provided a contrast with structured boxy shapes. Oversized rain drop shaped buttons accented tops and outerwear. And mushroom sleeve ponchos, cut in yellow tulips (a fond memory of Li’s) added a playful surprise.

Claudia Li SS18
Photo: Provided by Claudia Li
Claudia Li SS18
Photo: Provided by Claudia Li

Claudia Li Invites Exploration And New Possibilities

When asked about the inspiration behind the line, Li says “it’s all about exploring new things and new possibilities. Li has done just that! Inviting, even more, imagination to the collection was the colors. Drawing from Akira Korosawa’s film “Dreams,” Li used vibrant yellows, pinks, and reds. Joined by darker undertones of deep blues and evergreens, which added a sense of mystery to the collection.

Claudia Li
Photo: Courtesy of Claudia Li

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