Summary: With a show titled ‘An Architectural Aesthetic’, one would expect a study of dimension, space and form. And that’s exactly what Katya Leonovich set out to achieve in her Fall ’12 collection, citing her muse as none other than the steel slabs that make up New York City, Leonovich concocted a small but artful grouping of looks that ranged from stark to downright congested (just like real New York streets!)
Black leather dresses played on the absence and presence of space, as if spotting the slivers of sky through a row of skyscrapers. Linear lines ran up and down the pieces and te construction of tailred blazers, skirts and bodices showcased Leonovich’s appreciation for the craft of architecture. As perhaps the most avant-garde component of the collection, the watercolor print that trickled down her dresses and various separates was actually taken from the designer’s own personal collection of paintings on the urban landscape. Truly this collection was a labor of love for the city of New York, a subject that Leonovich not only admires uses as an endless trove of resources, tools, and inspiration.
Color Palette: blue, purple, black, white, grey, olive green, gold, beige, brown, silver, gray, metallics, python print
Fabrics and Textures: wool, silk, cotton, copper, leather, rayon, chiffon, tulle
Key Looks: Python print bustier, copper metallic pencil skirt, black wool capelet with white piping, watercolor print dress with transparent sleeve
Photos: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
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