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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.


About The Author:

Chanel Cole, a recent graduate from Delaware State University, with a Bachelor of Art in Communication. She shows her dedication to the communication field by being apart of various PR organizations, working several internships, and doing freelance work. Aside from Chanel’s commitment to her profession, she has an extreme passion for the fashion industry. In addition to establishing herself as a young professional, Chanel likes, sewing, reading, traveling, and most of all spending time with loved ones.

One Comment to “Spring 2013: Katya Leonovich”

  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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