Xiao Li, young designer and winner of the Diesel Award at the 2013 International Talent Support (ITS) competition, will present her inaugural capsule collection, exclusive for 10 Corso Como, under the headline ‘Xiao Li x Diesel x 10 Corso Como’.

Xiao Li x Diesel x 10 Corso Como is a capsule collection of seven pieces developed by Xiao Li and the Diesel design team during Li’s recent sixth month internship at Diesel headquarters in Breganze (Vicenza, Italy).

By utilizing an innovative technique of applying molded silicon to denim and other fabrics, Li creates modern and highly textured pieces. The Chinese-born designer first started experimenting with the edgy material during her studies at The Royal College of Art in London.

“The concept was to bring denim to a new and innovative level,” Li says. “Mixing traditional denim fabrics and knits with molded silicon creates an unexpected look that is between real and surreal.” Smooth and rubbery, silicon allows the designer to create structured silhouettes with lacquered finishes. The capsule line consists of a vest, a skirt, a dress, a shopping bag and two necklaces. Each piece will be accompanied by a hangtag that explains the story behind the collection.

Diesel and 10 Corso Como will celebrate the collection’s launch with a cocktail event on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 6 pm to 9 pm at 10 Corso Como, Milan. After Milan, the capsule collection will be presented in all the 10 Corso Como flagship stores in Seoul, Shanghai and Beijing.