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The VFiles Fall 2015 Show Was a Party With Some Promising Talent Mixed In

VFiles's latest batch of emerging designers sent some intriguing looks down the runway.
A look from the VFiles Sport Plus collection. Phtoo: Imaxtree

A look from the VFiles Sport Plus collection. Phtoo: Imaxtree

"We're never subtle," said VFiles founder Julie Anne Quay backstage at the social network/brand/retailer's fall 2015 runway show on Wednesday night.

The event, which features a range of up-and-coming designers in addition to VFiles's own work, held true to Quay's word, with volume and texture play emerging as strong trends for the night. After a showing of the latest VFiles Sports Plus line -- for which models wearing crop tops, denim hoodies, "Girl Power" sweatshirts and jersey dresses came down the runway en masse -- designers Andrea Jiapei Li, Discount Universe, Julia Seemann and Ximon Lee showed their collections in bass thumping succession.

Fresh off of his H&M Design Award win in late January, 24-year-old Ximon Lee was the sole menswear designer of the night. And if his looks at VFiles looked familiar, that's because they were.

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"It's actually all the same pieces from [the H&M show]!" Lee said. "You just see it from a completely different point of view because the styling was very different." 

The designer served up a collection that in the most general terms could be called recycled trash. Inspired by street kids from Leningrad, the range incorporated everything from bonded denim to cardboard and trash bags. The shoes in turn were made from leftover clothing materials.

Another standout of the night was Andrea Jiapei Li, who was up for the same H&M Design Award. Though she lost to Lee, her collection is now stocked in Dover Street Market and has quickly garnered media attention thanks to its clean lines, impactful silhouettes and sporty materials. Unlike Lee, Li decided to do an entirely different collection from the one she showed for H&M; while the first focused on harder materials, this was a softer showing in mesh and jersey. The aim? To create a purified version of her style that was "unisex, elegant and cute."

Discount Universe and Julia Seemann were impressive in their own right, the former turning out a fun, sequin-bedecked lineup fit for the Beyoncé-laced soundtrack to which it was set. Elsewhere on the aesthetic spectrum, Seemann's collection seemed to harken to architectural, European sensibilities like those of J.W. Anderson and Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga.

Check out all the looks below.