Fight or flight seems to unsurprisingly be the theme in New York this season. For J.W. Anderson mentee, Claudia Li, currently in her sophomore year of New York Fashion Week, let’s just say her sartorial star has wings. Fashion juggernaut in the making or otherwise, her “Take Me Away to Another Place and Time” entitled collection was referencing not just the need for escapism and her growth as a sprightly designer in an ever changing and rapidly demystified industry, but on theme alone is a mirror to the nation’s political zeitgeist. Coincidentally or not, the models were standing in mirrored alcoves.
And when you think of time travel, espionage, a missing airplane and a swinging pendulum (her touchstones), wouldn’t you much rather be stranded in a pair of white leather disco booties? (Part of Li’s capsule footwear collection). And get lost in an Oxford ruched sleeve shirt dress? It’s looks like this garconne ensemble that make the fledgling designer stand out in the overly saturated womenswear calendar. It’s no nonsense presentations like these which let you see the clothes for what they are. Technically savvy, relevant and worth your dollar. Fashion with a capital “F.”