It marks our faces but rarely, we can touch it back. It creates a gradient that starts at a youthful white, ends with an elderly grey, and finishes with black. The palette that charts the human experience, representation of our life line. Time is rarely worn as a decoration, would be a thought that populated Yang Li as he embarked into creating his Fall/Winter '17 collection. The result? Pieces start off with a fully intact fabric, and as the eye travels, distress begins to take hold, and by the end seams—it looks like a new piece, it’s lived.
This season though, clothes would be absent at Yang Li’s show. Instead he would use this opportunity to share his other profound inspiration, music. Envisioning music as a physical and sonic mood board to source ideas from, the designer refers to the art form as “noise in my head.” And this Tuesday he let the rest of us in on those melodies. Inviting legendary musician Blixa Bargeld to perform live in a variety of tones and pitches at Palais de Tokyo. A long-time guitarist and backing vocalist in Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Bargeld is also known for his experimentations with guitars and pedals on stage, which was present throughout the night.
Both artists are balanced out by their love of deconstruction of different mediums, but both are drawn to the same stage. As we viewed Blixa Bargeld pluck the strings of his Fender Jazz Master, it was easy to see his love for the experimentation of music, the root note of Li’s inspiration.