Last season’s Fashion Scout Merit Award Winner Xiao Li showed a collection of signatures for SS15 – playful silhouettes, pastel shades and an athletic aesthetic for a softly sporty look toughened with mesh and laser-cut leather stitch detail.This new sportswear style for both men and women is light, bright and refreshingly modern.
The colour palette was stunning, playing with whites, baby blue pastels, peaches and lemons with touches of grey throughout the collection. Clean and minimal, the collection definitely managed to set the SS15 trends to come, boasting structured jackets and jumpers with exaggerated rounded shoulders to cropped backs juxtaposed by slightly longer hemlines in shorts and skirts – very runway worthy yet also ready-to-wear in a sports luxe kind of way.
Clean, minimal mesh and neoprene were artfully adorned with laser-cut leather peter pan collars, apron style layers and extended epaulettes. Laser-cut belts were loosely folded around trench and cocoon coats, the stamped leather strips ending in bulbous discs. Leather was also used to create circular bags engraved with Li’s logo and elegant cut-out patterns; a statement replicated on a smaller scale in accent pockets.
A personal favourite collection of mine, the experimentation, creativity and stunning minimalism just make the whole collection. I love that Xiao Li stuck to his clear love of experimental pieces, sports luxe with it’s sleek lines often paired along with exaggerated elements, making the looks pop that much more.
Photographs by Hugo Nogueira of Fashion Scoutby