Glamour, femininity, sexiness and 70s jetset chic: Leonard’s new spring and summer collection 2013 has been designed for strong and very self-confident women who love strong colours and structured silhouettes. Women who love to be the centre of attention and who enjoy life to the fullest.
According to Leonard, ‘she brings a languid elegance to the pool parties of Palm Beach, Capri and Acapulco. She adds a modern new twist to the luxurious foliage of the graphic Bambou print and the black shadows of Chinese flowers on the acid yellow Fantasia print.’
This season, Italian designer Raffaele Borriello has created his first collection for Leonard. I must admit that he did a great job. His collection is one of my favourites this summer. It’s no coincidence that he has worked for labels that celebrate the strong woman and self-confident femme fatale. He started his career with Balmain, later working in leather for Gucci, under the direction of Tom Ford. He then designed collections for Sonia Rykiel and Yves Saint Laurent.
Exquisite homespun silk jersey is fashioned into a short dress with plunging neckline; a tight, Catwoman style jumpsuit or a biker jacket best appreciated at close quarters.
While the silhouette is more defined and more structured, created through pagoda style shoulder pads and leather yokes – a wider variety of fabrics and processes are used, including laser-cut leather on organza, incredibly durable printed double Georgette crepe, lacquered silk and heavy silk jersey. The sharp style of the 60s and 70s jet-setters, as photographed by Slim Aarons, is the main inspiration behind this collection, but occasionally gives way to the refreshing, poetic charm of flowing, white, almost child-like printed dresses, and cute yet perfectly delicate pleats. By day, the colours burst forth and shine like the midday sun. By night, they dissolve into faded corals, gentle mints and pale rose petal pinks, bringing joy to long organza dresses with original floral patterns.
PHOTOS: FASHION SHOW LEONARD PARIS SPRING/SUMMER 2013
Photos: Courtesy of Leonard Paris
VIDEO: FASHION SHOW LEONARD PARIS SPRING/SUMMER 2013
Video: Leonard Paris