Xiao Li – London Fashion Week – SS17

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The minimal space of Elms Lesters Painting Rooms provided a seamless setting for the Xiao Li SS17 collection.

On arrival, I was invited to sip on a refreshing drink containing fruit and fresh mint leaves. I chose to sit down to enjoy the concoction of fizz and fruit, while taking in my surroundings and listening to the shutters of cameras opening and closing at their rapid speed. Once I felt revitalised I was ready to see what it was behind the lens of the cameras I could hear.

Minimal clean cuts with a colour palette consisting of mainly blues and whites stood before me. The dark wooden polished floor was complimented by the leafy green plants that formed the set, while plain faced models allowed the clothes to do all the talking. The SS17 collection features a lot of attention to detail when it comes to the cuts and shapes of the garments, and knots seem to be a frequently used detail.

Pastel pink pots filled with cacti added a further summery feel to the collection, though the soft pale blues combined with deep navy blues left me feeling ready for summer regardless.

Xiao Li’s SS17 collection was launched towards the end of the day, and it was exactly what I needed to leave me feeling reenergised and ready for day two of London Fashion Week.

Words by Kristie Smith

Images by Faysal Hassan