Fashion designer Yang Li born in Beijing raised in Australia and now lives in London. He’s been quietly building up his brand since 2012 when he left for an internship at Raf Simons’s Antwerp atelier and a Central Saint Martins degree.
In AW15 Paris fashion week, Yang Li tried to deconstruct the minimalism with uptown burnish to portrait the concept “Tension”. Li was almost creating sculptures on the body as silk bonded with aluminum featured heavily throughout the collection. He used the crinkly, stiff, but malleable garments in an aluminum-injected fabric that allowed him to set their shape by hand. It was made up in to jackets and coats that crumpled around the body, holding their shape like tin foil. With these scrunched up, sculptural skirt suits, and bustier gowns, you could do practically anything, except for sitting down.
“Well, with my hands, in the lineup, I was destroying the clothes.” He tried to reveal the sense of tension by raw-hemmed cotton bell-bottoms whose flare kept broadening, gnawed-at belted leather coats, and a dress worn inside out. This was the primary way in which Li created tension, and gave us a well done handmade craftsmanship and spectacular point of view toward tension.
COLLIN Manon, HSU Meng-Chun, CHANG Hao-Han, FENG Ling-Li