NEWS| International Fashion Showcase, Xiao Li & Joao Melo Costa

British Council's International Fashion Showcase this year exhibited the work of Fashion Scout Merit Award Winner Xiao Li as well as Joao Melo Costa from Portugal Fashion, who showcased earlier this week at the Freemasons' Hall. Located on The Strand, the venue plays host to fourteen showcases from our international designer counterparts. Highlights include Costa’s ‘Bloom as a Boom’ overcoat, which features laser-cut glittered rubber creation is interestingly displayed in a greenhouse setting. Playing on the striking lime green tone of the garment itself, its floral motif makes for a beautifully eye catching piece which looks to have taken inspiration from the natural world around us. 

Merit Award winner Xiao Li’s innovative knitwear creations are displayed as part of the China showcase, where two of her signature heavy knit pieces in lemon yellow and pale lilac are chosen to represent her AW14 collection. Shown on our catwalk on Saturday 15th February, the collection's oversized ribbed knits display a combination of starchy structure with a soft edge whilst exaggerated, intricately detailed necklines add further interest to Li’s award winning designs.

Charlotte Muscat (@CharlotteLM9)

Images by Hannah McGee (@HannahMcG3e) taken on the fashion forward LumixGM1 (@PanasonicUK)