”It was simultaneously beautiful and a bit puzzling – just like the Yang Li woman, I imagine.”
It’s gotta be the shoes. Yes, first uttered by Spike Lee in reference to a pair of Nike Air Jordans in 1989, but on day two of Paris fashion week, a very apt statement for Yang Li’s A/W 2015 collection. Because gone were the clompy, chunky menswear-inspired shoes of past and in its place, sexy pointy-toe stiletto booties, which perfectly reflected the more womanly direction of this young label.
The Yang Li aesthetic of long, voluminous silhouettes and ingenious yet subtle details remained intact, but the belted trenches, princess coats, floor-length shirtdresses, strapless gowns and flared trousers (cut so impressively that they even gave the skinny models great bums) signalled a more grown-up look for a designer who is often described as grunge. It was, however, as always, all about the luxurious fabrics, which Yang prides himself on sourcing personally. The scrunched-up leather in particular was the stand-out (literally!) material, magically rendered into the most precise coats and dresses, or sometimes, simply as a belt or panel detail. It was simultaneously beautiful and a bit puzzling – just like the Yang Li woman, I imagine.