For a relative newcomer to the fashion industry London-based Patrick Li is incredibly grounded and determined to succeed. After a couple of successful stints at avant-garde power houses of Hussein Chalayan and Victor & Rolf, Patrick set off on his own journey, becoming one of the most promising young designers to watch. Blending architectural lines with a subtle color palette, he successfully creates a modern aesthetic, a unique vision that redefines the way women of today aspire to dress.
Tell us about your fashion background. What was your journey into fashion?
I have basically gone through the traditional route of fashion education and completed a whole seven years of fashion studies. It was a long but rewarding journey. Growing up I was always drawn to arts and crafts – anything creative really – I knew it was something I was good at and it felt great doing it. It was the stimulating and glossy images in the fashion magazines that gave me the idea of giving fashion a go, but it wasn’t something that crossed my mind at first. I took a foundation course in art and design at LCF (London College of Fashion) and tried out different disciplines in alternative creative areas. I thought of becoming an artist and graphic designer, but at the end I came to study fashion and have never looked back.
Tell us about your work with such heavy weights of the avant-garde fashion as Hussein Chalayan and Victor & Rolf? What did you learn from working with them?
It was such a privilege to intern at Viktor & Rolf and Hussein Chalayan. Gaining insights into how fashion houses are run were eye-openers for me. Both houses worked extremely creatively in terms of the design process. I learnt how to work and communicate effectively within a team at Hussein Chalayan. It was an exciting time there that season, he was experimenting a lot with laser and Swarovski crystals, and it was fascinating to see technology applied in fashion. At Viktor and Rolf I worked with Continue Reading