Jul 12, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: The VFiles community is a platform that showcases fresh and young talent. The four winning designers for this year’s fashion show were Ximon Lee, Di$count Univer$e, Andrea Jiapei Li and Julia Seeman. First up was Zurich-based designer Julia Seeman – concrete prints and architectural shapes were incorporated into denim cropped tops and deconstructed jackets, while hybrid floppy hats and denim pencil skirts gave the collection a dose of futuristic bohemian charm. Parson’s graduate Andrea Jiapei Li re-imagined traditional Chinese dresses in extreme proportions – blocks and panels of vinyl updated tunics and outsized outerwear, creating an extravagant and playful effect. Menswear designer Ximon Lee was inspired by Polish documentary ‘Children of the Leningradsky’ – models sported abstract layered looks of oversized garments in ombré-dyed effects and foamy materials. Last but not least was Aussie label Di$count Univer$e – a saucy assortment of sequined dresses, heavy printed sporty sets and decorated biker jackets with a fun Rock ‘n’ Roll edge. – Diego Sanchez
Theme: High-energy and sculptural silhouettes
Key Items: Denim cropped tops / Deconstructed jackets / Plush Sweatshirts / Culottes / Bra tops / Oversized tunics / Wide leg trousers / High-waisted joggers / Tunic sweatshirt / Net sweaters / Decorated biker jackets / Sequin body-con dresses / Decorated denim trousers / Printed sporty sets / Decorated leggings
Colour: Black / White / Orange / Light blue / Pink / Indigo / Light Brown / Silver
Materials + Trim: Foamy knits / Neoprene / Vinyl / Denim / Sequins / Leather / Felted wool / High-piled fleece / Sturdy cottons
Print + Pattern: Ombré / Colour blocking / Concrete print / Slogans / Stripes / Puddle print / Illustrations
Accessories + Footwear: Hybrid floppy hats / Pumps / Sandals ruffle socks / Sequined clutch bags
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