Photography: Kathleen O’Neill
For her Fall ’17 collection, Claudia Li envisioned time-travel, pendulums, planes and pilots. This vague, yet colorful vision of the past served as a jumping off point for the designer to produce a line of sophisticated moments for the powerful woman.
“The theme this season was ‘take me away to a different time and place’—immersing yourself in a journey through time travel,” said Li, “I just want to be taken away to another era. We came up with a story of this girl who traveled back in time, instead of to the future. She definitely has that quintessential free-spirit, but this collection is really about the strong woman—she’s finally grown up.”
Li’s inspiration manifested itself in a mix of vintage fabrics and forward-thinking design. Plaids, furs and corduroy conjured past references, as Li experimented with shape and structure. Menswear-style suits and tailoring juxtaposed ultra-feminine silhouettes to create clothes that held both a retro edge and a modern sensibility—the collection felt loved and lived in, at the same time, fresh and innovative. Li’s FW ’17 range took all the best aesthetic choices from the recent past, and turned them into something completely new. If designs are meant to tell a story, Li’s propelled us into a fantasy, filled with ingenuity, nuance and class.
View photos from the Claudia Li FW ’17 presentation, above.