Saturday, 1 March 2014

The Disguise of the Girls by Roxanne Leger

Couple days ago me and Justine have had a portfolio review in London College of Fashion. As you can imagine the atmosphere was pretty tense, so in order to calm down candidates' nerves the tutors took us all to the screening room where we had a chance to watch last year's graduates show while we waited for our turn for an interview. It was a 1.5h clip showcasing 5-10 of the final works of the designers, and somewhere in the middle of the screening there was this particular collection that caught my eye. Salem witches gone hipster. Playful redefinition of the american gothic, interesting use of trims, ruffs and frills and those gorgeous embroidery designs! The collection clearly standed out from the rest, having this dark vibe and a sense of commercial capability - something I've scarcely seen in other students' work. Would love to see Roxanne's collection in stores for halloween!

Keep your fingers crossed for us! Hopefully we'll be able to showcase our stuff like that in couple of years :)

The Disguise of the Girls: It is about love. It is about strangeness. It is about innocence. It is about playfulness.

This collection is about the “girls”- they are weird, awkward, naturally pretty and are effortlessly attired. 

Inspired primarily by Charles Manson’s cult of brainwashed girls  and combined with the concept of the masquerade, the savagery of European fancy dresses and the folklore of Frida Kahlo, it links the competing notions of raw and pretty, oversized and adjusted, opaque and transparent, weird and cute, and dark and innocent.

The Manson girls’ identity is given to the identity-less of the masquerade to hide, to change, to obscure and to deceive into a disguise.

The embroideries are Natasha Searls-Punter’s take on mortal fascination.

Bit about the designer:

Roxanne Léger - a BA Womenswear graduate from London College of Fashion - often combines sportswear influences with androgynous shapes and ultra-feminine details. She was selected to show her graduate collection at LCF’s 2013 runway show for members of the press, and since then her work has been recognized by many leading fashion magazines and websites, including Vogue UK, Fashion156, and Topshop.

Her approach to design focuses on uniqueness, wearability and practicality - creating garments that are functional and useful, but at the same time innovative. She creates eccentric, modest and experimental clothes without pretention. 

Roxanne Léger believes clothes shouldn't be constrained by gender or by time restrictions, but rather inspire the person who is wearing them.

Check out Roxanne's website:


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