Claudia Li wearing an auburn lipstick shade and a black outfit.
Photograph via Claudia Li.


Get The Lowdown On Designer Claudia Li

And the inspiration for her fall ’16 line

by lisa mischianti

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