The London-based Chinese designer Yang Li cut his teeth at Raf Simons in Antwerp before launching his first men’s and women’s wear for Spring Summer 2012 last year. Now in his third season, he has proven adept in blurring the lines of street and luxury, creating impeccable garments in equal parts convention and rebellion.
For Spring Summer 2013, Yang took the Dutch model Iekeliene Stange into London’s Chinatown for an open-source photoshoot, wherein he collected the various tweets and instagram shots of snap-happy passers by. In addition to photographer Scott Trindle’s expertise, these images formed the basis of his lookbook.
“Rough is new” he stated, when describing the couture silks and summer wools that he cut raw or slashed open to add an edge to perfect Italian finishes. Such a profound summation just touches on the collection’s depth, which includes his first foray into leathergoods and a new shoe collaboration with the British product designer Andrew Bunney. Rough as it may be, watch this space.