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Christina Yi might be a New York Fashion Week newbie, but she's no stranger to mounting fantastic presentations of her own work: as a student in Chicago, she collaborated with Akira and the now-defunct LaundryMagazine. For her FW13 collection, which was inspired by her fear of snakes, Christina tamed her avant-garde leanings (and her fears, apparently) to create more wearable looks.
Although the collection referenced the serpentine with scaly textures and some body-hugging silhouettes, the inspiration was not obviously reptilian. Yi seems to have drawn more on the emotional aspects of her fear, channeling it into the dark mood of the pieces. She showed both menswear and womenswear, conjuring up images of a couple locked in some sort of romantic nightmare.—Samm Mackin
This post originally appeared on Racked Chicago.