Alright ladies and gents,
Announcing Designer of the Week, here I would like to introduce Xiao Li. She is one of the more unique and exciting talents on the scene right now. I mean how can you ignore someone whose collections are described as “Marshmallow Chic”?
Originally from Qingdao, Li moved to London to study at RCA (The Royal Collage of Art), from which she graduated in 2014 and was chosen for Fashion Scout’s Merit Award, which provides new designers with business support and £25,000. In 2015, having produced just three collections, Li was also shortlisted for the prestigious LVMH prize.
Studying first at the London College of Fashion , and then the Royal College of Art, where she graduated with an MA in womenswear knitwear in 2013, Li began attracting attention back in 2012, when her structured, bubble gum knitted garments won the Pitti Filatti ‘Feel the Yarn’ competition, an award for innovative knitwear. The following year, Li won both the Loro Piana award for best knitwear collection and the Diesel International Talent Support prize – an accolade that led to a seven piece capsule collection in collaboration with the brand and sold exclusively at Corso Como.
Inspired by modern architectural structures, and the belief that knitwear doesn’t have to be shapeless, Li combined classical techniques with moulded rubber reliefs to create dip-dyed pastel knitwear pieces, decoratively edged with silicone.
The gallery above is a preview of her SS18 collection but you have to check out more of this designer here!