MADE is continuing its discovery of new fashion design talent in a series called MADE U LOOK.
New York-based womenswear designer Andrea Jiapei Li launches her new Fall/Winter 2017 collection embrace. Inspired by Denis Villeneuve’s science-fiction film “Arrival,” the collection depicts a woman at the intersection of vulnerability through self-discovery and bravery, confidence, and empowerment.
While introspective exploration and discovery have always been celebrated in Andrea‘s past work, they are portrayed more explicitly in the FW17 collection through the range of materials. A hint of hazmat suit can be found in the coated silver bomber jacket with oversized sleeves, whereas the white parka with water-repellent nylon backing serves as a protective shield against the unknown. The collection’s materials evolve from being functional and protective, to being soft and refined, as shown in the burgundy double-breasted cashmere blazer and coral ponte stirrup pants.
Also noteworthy is the designer’s experimentation with fabrics including cotton velvet and corduroy – their feminine touch is balanced with the use of sportswear elements such as metal snaps, piping and double-way zippers. At the end of the day, the heroine of the collection is a woman who embodies both classic elegance and modern femininity, who fully embraces who she is and her capability of making a difference in the world.
Photo: Stevie and Mada
Styling: Marcela Jacobina
Hair: Erol Karadag
Make-up: Katie Mellinger
Set Design: Ben Willett
Jewelry: Alba Maria Faggionato