COLLECTION| Ones to Watch: Patrick Li FEB'13

We were quick to showcase Autumn/Winter One to Watch Patrick Li post-graduation, so it may have come as no surprise that he features in our pick of the future’s best.
For next season, Li departs from the clinicism of Spring/Summer’s neon-accented white, and explores the tonality of 19th century ‘Shadow Catchers’, a photographic technique preceding negative film, and in doing so encapsulates the drama of the late Victorian’s supposed “virtue” and sullied interior.
Still riffing off previous seasons’ architectural framework, the development for Li Autumn/Winter was in the devoré velvet draped from Li’s linear planes.
This season’s motion suggested emancipation from Spring/ Summer’s starched tabards, and if you think Victorian drapery could look dated, the sequined spliced panels evidenced Patrick Li is anything but. Shoulders were sharp, and where light could be found in the shadows of the sepia-palette, modernity shone- either through the lustre of those prismatic panels, or in the polish of leather jackets, and trousers' immaculate sheen.

Sara McAlpine
Images by Kris Elliott (@KrisElliott)