There was a unique red-and-white polka-dot-looking print that Claudia Li incorporated onto her Pre-Fall 2019 Collection. It appeared almost everywhere—from the collars of jackets and coats, a motif on hems, even entire dresses and pantsuits made in the print. In actuality, the print was really a painting Li did during her youth, a remnant of her past that she brought back from her recent trip back home to New Zealand. In fact, many of her looks this season are attuned to her native land and past personal life. For one thing, New Zealanders are commonly known as outdoorsy people, which is why it makes sense that there’s a whole lot of daywear in this offering. Here, they were a bit more industrial than usual, particularly the slightly oversized denim pieces that started the collection. Furthermore, some comfy knits thrown into the mix seemed like a response to the often cold climate that the Oceanic country experiences on a regular basis. It’s always interesting to see designers put a little bit of themselves into their works, and this one by Claudia Li was a beautiful tribute to her native land.
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Photo: Courtesy of Claudia Li