Spring 2013: Katya Leonovich



I always try to go into shows with such a positive attitude towards a designer, I mean they’re brave. They put themselves out there for people to critique, judge, and interpret their creative expression, and I normally have positive things to say. But this time I really don’t know what to say, my job as a contributing blogger, I owe it to you, the readers, to be completely honest so that is what I’m going to do. With that said, I didn’t care much for Katya’s spring/summer 2013 collection and not because it wasn’t interesting, because it most certainly was, but I didn’t understand it. I didn’t and still have yet to grasp her concept, her inspiration, her aesthetic, or what direction she was attempting to go.

I am all about practicality and I felt like nothing in this collection was at all practical. For instance many of the silhouettes, I felt were unflattering. I am just not very sure if this was a ready to wear collection. The direction she went was possibly on a couture approach, but the actual garments were not couture. One thing I did like were the fabric choices: chiffon, silk, taffeta, organza, and leather (I’m obsessed with leather); but I don’t think they came across as appealing because of the style in which they were put together. I mean seriously who is going to wear a green taffeta printed cut out dress? Not me and you’re shaking your head in disbelief because you won’t either.

On the other hand, now analyzing the collection, I am getting a Picasso Blue Period vibe, although his art work did not make sense, people appreciated the complexity and its ability to stand out making his work odd, but beautiful. I also appreciated her color pattern and how it is reminiscent to the Picasso Blue Period as well as the ocean; her use of different hues of blue and green were quite extraordinary, she also used black, beige, white, and grey.

Overall, I was not completely impressed, but as I sat down to share my feelings with all of you and put my feelings aside trying to see it from a different point of view, it was not entirely as bad as I thought. Her complexity, skill (because she hand painted her garments), and different approach is actually very commendable and I appreciate that about her, as a fan of fashion. Although it was not my favorite of the season, I can honestly say I am anticipating her show for fall/winter 2013, to see what she does next.



  1. Autumn says

    These are some really gorgeous dresses. The three green/blues ones in the third row really caught my eye. They are so beautiful! They kind of remind of the sea with the blend of colors.

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