LEONARD: The Rise of Christine Phung
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October 3, 2016
By Lynn Quanjel
Photos by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Leonard
Paris, France – Everyone was looking forward to the presentation of the newest Spring/Summer 2017 collection of Leonard and to the debut of the house’s new creative director Christine Phung. With timeless designs, beautiful shapes and stylish prints going down the runway, we would say that Leonard has made an excellent choice in Phung.
“I was inspired by palm tree prints that I found in the old archives of Leonard,” Phung explains. It is important for her to make a connection to the fashion label, and then give it her own personal twist. “I came up with a story of a girl who gets drunk in a cocktail bar, and then gets lost in the jungle on her way home.” This explains the many holographic prints and flowy movements we can see during the presentation. References to water, the jungle and other natural elements are mixed with a transcendent experience, which is a real treat for the spectators’ eye.
‘Digital Tropics’ aims to rethink flowers – a signature of the fashion house – in a modern way, redefining them with a modern twist. The designs radiate a sense of changeability, between vaporous and sporty, organic and architectural. One of the favorite looks is a long silver organza dress. It moves beautifully as the model walks down the runway. The holographic effect makes the dress shine brightly, and left the audience in awe.
Varsity jackets, organza parka’s and silk dresses are some of the most returning designs throughout the collection. It is fascinating to see how they have an effortless – almost even casual – vibe with their loose and flowy fits. However they remain fully luxurious thanks to the beautiful materials and holographic prints.
The fashion house states: “The Leonard woman is strengthened by her sensitivity. And she doesn’t have a minute to lose: adventure awaits her.” A beautiful statement on which we couldn’t agree more. Congratulations Christine Phung!