Wednesday, February 15, 2012

NYFW Presentation: Katya Leonovich Fall 2012

Katya Leonovich the designer who last season masterfully brought control out of chaos and who has a fascination with beautiful garbage this time presented a collection called "An Architectural Aesthetic" at the Box in the Lincoln Center.

Overhead paintings that the designer herself had painted of New York City buildings served as the inspiration for the collection and the prints.
The paintings themselves served up as the colorful basis for prints.  The prints were in sharp contrast to the rippled metallics that remind me of building surfaces, the structural boned leathers that look like the ribs of a building and the sharp graphic use of black and white/python.  Sometime self tubes of fabric were used to create a protective cage around the body but no matter how sharp those style lines of the corsets appear there is always still an element of soft femininity.  It's a s simple as fabric flowing over the hips in a soft slightly rounded manner to a peplum shape and organic draped chiffon creating almost petals around the body.

As for beauty it was kept relatively simple to highlight the statement making clothes.  A neutral lip with classic smokey eyes were what the face was all about while hair was very pretty in soft set finger waves that gave the girls a very polished and ladylike feel.
This is a look that is not for the faint of heart - someone who is not afraid to be seen or make a statement.  While interesting details abound in this collection, my personal favorite pieces were the simplest ones like the metallic crush skinny pants, the white ribbed jacket below and the contrast black and white cape.

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