Leonard Paris Spring Summer 2018 Collection
Stopover in Moorea
Polynesia’s lush flora contrasted with mathematical rigor: harmonious oppositions lead the way in Leonard’s SS2018 collection, which explores the tension between nature and nurture, instinct and education, control and pleasure.
The show opens with masculine tailoring, streamlined pea jackets, reworked raincoats, structures outlined in white, layered with stripes and floral prints. The garments are gradually deconstructed. Overcoats and parka jackets come with shawl collars or kimono cuts.
Like the sails of boat inflated by sea winds and held back by ropes, oversized dresses give a sense of control and letting go.
An orchid, this collection’s figurehead, is graphic, multicolored, printed on silk lamé, scintillating like the reflections of waves on humid sand.
The color palette is equally escapist, ranging from sunny yellow to cheeky orange, vibrant pink, ocean blue, frothy white, emerald green, and mother-of-pearl metallic tints. Jewelry made out of large juxtaposed pearls underline the body’s articulations.
Geometrical blossom or sensual architecture, this subtle equilibrium runs like a golden thread throughout the collection.