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Don’t give us ugly fashion; give us a quirky fashion. 

Unlike many of the awful collections we have seen so far during New York fashion week, Claudia Li proves that designers who play with proportion, scale, texture and material can come up with some truly wonderful results. She showed unusual proportions, exposed zips, superfluous exterior pockets, and awkward silhouettes and was the perfect example of non-traditional fashion done well. We liked the red, white and blue colour scheme found throughout the collection and in particular in the abstract batik print of circles and lines which, sentimentally, also includes a print of a photo of Li's parents. To protect against what she must imagine to be an onslaught of springtime showers, Li dressed some of the models in rain hats and a variety of rubberised, rainproof pieces included an anorak and a jacket.  Tops and blouses were knotted at the neck.

Even the accessories were covetable: bags featured wrapped handles which terminated in individual knotted tassels. One example of the way attention to detail can elevate a collection.

Claudia Li

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