The following feature appears in the August 2016 issue of NYLON.
28-year-old Parsons MFA grad and J.W. Anderson alum Claudia Li’s namesake label—full of eye-catching shapes and striking textile embellishments—has quickly established her as one of the most exciting new talents on the scene. We’ve particularly taken to her fall ’16 collection, which features some of the most stunning denim creations, all artfully draped and folded to perfection. Here, the rising star shares her personal and creative inclinations.
Photograph via Claudia Li.
Hometown Auckland, New Zealand
Astrological sign Gemini
Design philosophy To express, to reflect, to capture
Muse An imaginary person that embodies each season
Sartorial scenario Now, in this moment
Musical genre metaphor Melancholic
Fun fact We love to see the collection on boys, too.
Inspiration for fall ’16 Self-preservation
Personal wardrobe staple A clean T-shirt
Dream travel destination At the moment, road trips and tacky motels
Favorite spot in New York The studio and my terrace
Last novel you loved Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho
Daily soundtrack Currently, [Drake’s] Views
Drink order Whiskey on the rocks
Standby snack Cherries