Shades of navy, orange and pastel blue hit the runway this morning at Freemasons Hall thanks to designer Xiao Li. We got to see a really fun and quirky side to London Fashion Week. London College of Fashion graduate Xiao Li demonstrated this in The Gallery with previews of both menswear and ladies' wear this morning.
The knitwear and scuba mixed collection featured fun, bright and quirky illustrations of objects embossed onto big scuba tops and jackets. This included holdall bag illustrations being shrunk down and placed onto the sides of coats.
It seems to me the theme of the collection could quite possibly be inanimate objects as we saw this demonstrated on many pieces, it was also obvious she was experimenting with size. Clouds were used for buttons on big oversized coats, perfumes bottles were enlarged and placed onto long straight dresses along with the same being done with trench coat prints onto knitwear.
Many of the jackets had over the top detailing on them in neon orange placed on top of a pastel blue scuba material., this created a great contrast. Because of the fabric used the pieces had a lot of shape; this made the silhouettes interesting and different. Xiao also used layering with big pieces on top of pin striped fitted trousers on the models and perhaps an added oversized bag.
I think this collection was fun. The colour palette used is very different to anything I have seen recently and shouldn’t match however it really does in this collection. Xiao thought out of the box with how she can make knitwear really exciting with the ‘stay healthy’ slogans and quirky prints of objects.
Photography by Florian Schadauer
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