Q & A with Fashion Brand Ryan Li


Ryan Li

Vancouver based fashion designer

MM: Can you introduce your brand and yourself in a few sentences?

Our designs are heavily based on shapes and proportions. The underlying message is to empower our customers through a heuristic process. As for myself, I was drawn into the world of fashion at a young age. The vibrant Japanese streetwear culture was my starting point. Once I finished my degree in Business, I attended fashion school and involved myself in various couture and tailoring ateliers to expand my horizons and fulfil my dream.

MM: What sparked your interest in fashion design?

I have always been an enthusiast of art and fashion. You can interpret artwork freely as there is no fixed answer to clarify the meaning. Art and fashion, to me, are very personal and imaginative. I see fashion as an alternative method to display my visions and emotions because I can tailor fashion into an expression of my own.  At the same time, the audience can interpret my work based on their own imagination and experience. 

MM: Can you describe your creative process?

I begin my creative process by researching and brainstorming, this stage usually takes the longest time. Once I have a clear vision about the collection, I begin to sketch  out the ideas and silhouettes. I would say the most creative moment is the fitting sessions. I directly cut and drape fabrics on the models. At the end, it all comes down to modifying and tailoring the garments to create an illusion of my own.


MM: Where do you find inspiration in your day-to-day life?

I can find inspiration literally anywhere; from an art piece from the 14th century in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to a trash can on Pender Street. Working with my team, and the scenarios that happen in my personal life, are very inspiring too.

MM: What kind of questions do you ask yourself when you begin creating a collection?

I ask myself a lot of questions when I begin creating a collection. The most often asked questions are: what’s the story behind the collection? and how does this relate to me and the people who inspire me?

MM: How did you learn the business of fashion?

I had the amazing opportunity to work with Rimpy Sahota, a local designer, for my first ever internship. She taught me the knowledge of business of fashion. I learned a lot by observing her approach to marketing and the way she operates her brand.

MM: How do you find working as a designer in Canada? Has the culture/surroundings affected your design aesthetic? Do you feel connected to your home?

It is not easy on a personal level, but it has been an amazing journey. My designs reflect my ideas and experiences with different cultural backgrounds; my works and I are basically one. 


MM: What is your favourite part of being a designer? What drives you to design?

I am constantly motivated to create something new and innovative, that’s probably my favourite part of being a designer. Seeing the positive impacts my designs bring to my consumers is very fulfilling as well. My goal of pushing fashion forward drives me to create every single day.


MM: What is the inspiration behind your F/W19 collection which was showcased at Vancouver Fashion Week?

Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist, inspired me to integrate menswear and tailoring elements into womenswear.  Personal life experiences also played a huge part in the collection as well. 

Thank you for giving us an insight into your brand Ryan Li.

Check out Ryan Li at: Atelieryanli.com

LECRESCENDO at New York Fashion Week

Micro Macro attends a F/W 18 Clothing presentation.


Off the beaten track, at Bennett Media Studio, NY, we were welcomed into a unique space for a special presentation during New York Fashion Week of label LECRESCENDO. Creative director Selene Guo, conceived the brand for her senior thesis in Parsons school of art and design. LECRESCENDO was created with lifestyle in mind: fine clothing that makes a poetic connection with life. This new label has continued to expand upon its core tenets of applying its own narrative into clothing and accessories.

This F/W18 collection was presented via display/performance format. Models slowly entered the space from a staircase below, one by one, walking around us before stepping onto the raised stage and posing in a group position. The models perfectly reflected the LECRESCENDO's spirit and girlish style. 


The collection features spliced designs, folding layers, and asymmetrical stitching for detail. There is a beautiful combination of fabrics with special trimmings to show the contrast of thickness, length, and texture. We love this purple knitted jumper, with balloon sleeves and high neck, a stand out piece from the collection.

Each LECRESCENDO collection springs from a foundational concept, with the understanding of clothing as a part of an individual, both physically and spiritually, and the pursuit of the contrast of soft and strong energy. Guo creates unique but wearable pieces designed to become mainstays in a woman’s wardrobe. 


The theme for Guo’s F/W18 collection is 'Traveler'. “We are travelers. We are not tourists. The only plan is no plan....because we don't know when we will die, we think of life as an inexhaustible well, yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really.”

From a very conceptual base, Guo has created a selection of highly wearable garments. The fitted black dress with frilled collar, and the flared pants, illustrate a feminine and stylish sensibility. Flares are going to be a trend to watch, and Guo has showcased two creative versions featuring pleats and laced up eyelets.

“How much time will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless. Time flies, but memory keeps.”

A thoughtful and wearable collection all round with checks adding depth to a subdued colour palette.

Readers, what's your favourite piece?