The British fashion industry is known for it’s pure innovation and unique thought. Some incredible talents of late have literally changed the very face of London Fashion Week and how we view their community. Attending LFW is now considered a must, whereas as recent as just 10 years ago, LFW wasn’t looked at as such a vital resource. But young, fresh brands like Mary Katranzou, JW Anderson, Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto and Simone Rocha have worked hard to change all that, consistently knocking some very fashionable socks off each and every season. London is now a hotbed of great ideas, great showmanship and really great product.
One of the most promising new brands to pop up in recent seasons is Chinese-born designer Xiao Li. Working in a universe where garments are supersized in bold, structured knits and shape-shifting fabrics like spongy neoprene, Li transforms traditional clothing for women and men into an androgynous melting pot of big silhouettes, deluxe fabrics and clear, sophisticated colors all met with her signature trompe l’oeil detailing. While her collection is truly stunning and jolts one’s eye out of complacency, so does her whimsical take on the handbag. For this, you might need a reality check.