Andrea Jiapei Li does ‘modern romantic’ – SS17
Hailing from China and HQ’d in NYC, Andrea Jiapei Li’s thought-provoking designs, intrepid construction and minimalist yet multiplex aesthetic have certainly cemented her avant-garde rep. Yesterday at Milk, she and her partner in crime, Weishi Li, walloped the audience with her SS17 range (titled “Her name is DADA“), an insanely gorgeous capsule set of rectilinearly structured rigs and warping wraparounds. Highlights included slingshot tops, slouchy slacks, bat-winged zip-up sweats; sci-fi dresses, asymmetric skirts and bodycon numbers in neoprene, polyvinyl and pastel-y tech fabrics. Jiapei conveys a modern vision of femininity animated by killer contrasts: playful and tough, sexy and androgynous, provocative and refined, hyper-conceptual yet radically simplified. Her muses, looking stoic and serpentine, played a slo-mo phantasmagoric game of ‘balloon volleyball’, re-positioning every few minutes in front of streams of fascinated fans and aficionados. “I’m beyond hypnotized,” said one editor to her colleague. The blocky shapes and soothing, majestic color-ways (in muted blush, lilac and grey) were indeed mezmerizing. It’s only been three years since the designer debuted her MFA collection at Parsons, a body of work so revered that fashion’s biggest kahuna, Rei Kawakubo, sprinkled stardust on Jiapei and added her duds to Dover Street Market. In the wake of that, accolades from H&M and LVMH have come her way, and endorsements from bigwig fashionistas like Julie Gilhart, Katie Grand and other industry insiders have accelerated her label’s hype. And she deserves it. Jiapei is the it-est avant-gardian out there. She collapses boundaries between fashion, sculpture, architecture, ornamentation, and art. At VIVISXN, we love her quiet storms of awe, elegance, and all-out visual poetry. We also think she’s incredibly 卡哇伊! 太棒了!