If you seek bold and colourful style from your fashion week shows then New York based designer Leaf Xia should be a go to every season. Formerly a Fashion Scout Ones to Watch, Leaf Xia has now evolved into a label with a distinctive aesthetic grounded in joyful embracing of primary colours.
This season that foundation expanded to a riot of technicolour beauty, evolving from a base of red, blue and yellow into shades of pink, peach, grey and orange. The collection explored stripes, denim and checks – sometimes in the same outfit – as well as metallic textures, bold paneled coats and a touch of neon.
Tightly cut pleats, draped ties and brightly coloured ruffles were layered one on top of the other and there was a cool and contemporary take on cold shoulders. Detailed embroidery was ultra feminine, as were the occasional bardot or asymmetric shoulder necklines.
We loved the diverse range of prints, from cartoonish graphics to the ornamental silks in deep blue and rich red. Hair was carefully braded and rolled or bunched, the bright accessories were impeccable and the make up was totally on point – bright wings of eyeshadow in a rainbow of different shades, topped with that all important slash of glitter.
Inspired by the artist Leonard Knight, who is renowned for taking 24 years to complete his painting of California’s Salvation Mountain, the collection conveyed a subtle yearning for slow fashion and an escape from the relentlessness of the modern industry. It was a serious message delivered via the mechanisms of lively colour and a joyful aesthetic that no one could ignore.
Words by The Glass Pineapple. Images shot for us by Luis Calow.