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A collection of refined construction and controlled deconstruction that is Claudia Li’s Spring / Summer 2018 collection ‘Dreams – Foxes Live Under the Rainbow’. Presenting a narrative of living with courage, the designer takes inspiration from Akira Kurosawa’s film ‘Dreams’, emulating the Japanese fashion silhouettes and obtaining a wonderful colour palette.

A clear reference are the impressive Kimono jackets, cut in different fabrics. In her collection, Claudia plays with obi belts by wrapping and unwrapping them around the sleeves on a variety of dresses and tops, maintaining her quirky and signature construction style.

The designer uses light silks and jerseys to emulate the smooth hanging shapes of tulips and butterfly cocoons. Contrastingly cottons and denim provide the collection with a sturdier architectural structure of boxy shapes. The pieces are finished off with rain drop-shaped buttons on tops and outerwear.

The collection showcased a variety of beautiful prints of tulips and colours resembling a walk in the park, with the models holding baskets filled with blossoms and flowers. A sense of curiosity, nearly child-like, awakes in the stationed models and the expressions on their faces.

Words: Giulia Koller

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