Originally from China, Parson’s graduate Leaf Xia has quickly gained a prestigious reputation to go along with her diverse background. Not only was her graduate work exhibited in the Saks Fifth Avenue Window Display, she has been published in Vogue, Glamour, The Muse, and Schon, and named one of Fashion Scout’s Ones to Watch.
Specialising in collage, Xia’s collections always express a unique design spirit. This season, in her AW17 collection Hero’s Mind, Leaf delivers another bright, fun, and extremely playful series that tells an evocative and powerful story. Decidedly high quality fabrics and precisely finished garments help Leaf visually recreate the metaphoric shift from girlhood to womanhood with accessible and artful pieces that maintain their wearability.
Volume, graphic colours, and appliqué form the majority her innovative collection. Honouring a love for collage, Xia’s creativity is once again bred through oversized shapes and bonded fabrics that inform a reimagined take on classic silhouettes. At first featuring innocent pinks, Xia’s addition of pattern creates beautiful clashes within the ensemble.
For SS17 Leaf Xia collaborated with Magnum icecream company to create a bespoke print for them that was exhibited as part of Shanghai Fashion Week. Leaf Xia will be part of the Black PR Showroom this season.