DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: YANG LI

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Every season we see fashion change and every well known designer stays relevant in the fashion scene. But what about those designers that are of the up and coming breed. Those designers seem to get left in the dimly lit background unless they are mentioned in the media or social networks for a quick second.

Today I would like to shine my designers spotlight on Yang Li. Yang was born in Beijing but moved to Perth Australia at the young age of 10 where he skateboarded and played basketball. These activities fueled his love of fashion being that in both of those activities he had to find a comfortable way to wear jeans and decorate his skateboard in a cool fashionable way. The influences of Helmut Lang and Raf Simon helped him realize that there was a possibility that he really wanted to become a designer. At 24, he dropped out of central Saint Martins and interned with designer Gareth Pugh then soon afterward he headed to Belgium where he interned with Raf Simons. In 2010 he returned to London where he was now fully ready to launch his own line. Li states pertaining to his collection the following –  “The woman I design for is really strong. She can ride away by herself, she doesn’t need to be carried.” While womenswear is somewhat of a focus for his line, he also designs a few menswear pieces every season so that the collection is cohesive.

Li’s brand is only in its second season but its been featured in Elle and I-D. His line is also carried in high end boutiques such as Blake Chicago and Corso Como. Check out some of his designs below…

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Love this coat – so chic!

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Beautiful Dress!

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Love this jacket and skirt also!

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Menswear is looking pretty good also!

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Yang is making the ladies look amazing!

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Menswear is looking amazing – I love his clothes!

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This outfit looks so Goth in all black!

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Check out the sheen on these pants!

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Beautiful!

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I really like this look, its so me!

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I love this look, its beautiful!

Thoughts: I love it when new designers get discovered because it gives us the bloggers a chance to see what new creative fashions will come up the runway every year. For me its always a huge surprise and I love that feeling of new discovery or the Ah hah moments in the fashion blogosheres. Lets see what Yang has for us this time for fashion week, I’m so excited to see his awesome creativity and new designs!

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