Leanne Marshall presented her collection for spring and summer 2018 at Gallery 2 during New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Block-colored satin, silk, chiffon, and ruffles were pieced together, catching her followers off guard. Her signature soft chromatic theme was not apparent here as different shades of green, blue, and orange, mixed with stable shades of white and yellow sparked off the stage.
Marshall’s 2018 collection gives new meaning to the idea that diamonds really are a girl’s best friend. Diamond-shaped peepholes pierced many of her dresses and tops, and they even were used to give a new take on peep-toe heels. This line’s must-have item is the butterfly-sleeved, white silk dress with subtle shades of lagoon green and yellow splattered on the front and down the sides. The consistent diamond-peephole theme is exhibited on this look in the form of a thin slit down the front of the dress, as well as on the matching green leather open-toed booties.
Each dress has a unique silhouette created primarily by the placement of the diamond peepholes. The collection proved that comfortable, flowing dresses and pants will be back around next season.
With 30 new looks to put on the runway, Leanne Marshall can attest that it was not an easy trip leading to Fashion Week. The 2008 Project Runway winner landed a slot on Washington Street’s Skylight Clarkson Square and made it on the live feed despite overlapping with five other shows. Contending designers vie for these spots nearly a year in advance and to earn one is an honor. Production companies head back to the drawing board for the following Fashion Week starting just after the previous season’s show. This is where the competition begins and designers like Marshall must start discussing ideas for the theme of their next collection. Leanne Marshall’s planning process from season to season involves sketching out her designs before seaming them together in lustrous fabrics. This season’s planning was especially huge for her as she presented a whole new theme that strayed from her elegant bridal gowns. Runway directors and choreographers have to be prepared for whatever styles the designers throw their way. Leanne Marshall kept them on their toes this year with her sharply cutout dresses and tops that decorated models as they glided down Gallery 2.
Inspiration sometimes comes from the strangest of places. When I started seeking concepts for my #Ss18 collection, I was utterly stuck. The only single thing that kept catching my eye on my commute to/from work were those green temporary construction walls in NYC with the clear diamond windows. For two months I kept trying to find anything else more interesting than these dumb diamond walls that I surely couldn't base a collection on. After enough time wasted, I just decided to go with it. I always love peeking into those windows to catch a glimpse of what's going on behind (usually just another condo building). Walking home one sweltering hot summer day, I had the thought that what if behind one of these walls was a hidden, secret tropical pool paradise, and the diamond window that I peek through was a portal to escape daily reality into utopia. One minute on the sweaty, bustling city streets and the next you're floating on a flamingo float in your own private oasis. It was a dumb, insignificant diamond window that piqued my interest, and while you'll see diamond and wall prints playing throughout the collection, the main theme of it all is escapism. With all the current events lately, I think many of us would like to try and imagine brighter days beyond. ☀️
Growing up as a ballerina with a knack for design, the California designer first introduced her work at age 12 as her dance costumes. Her inspiration back then is reflected in her work today. One of her strapless dresses was shaped at the bust to mimic a yellow tulip, perfect for a spring theme. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco and then put her artistic talents to work as a full-time graphic designer. In her spare time, she began preparing to launch her own line. 2007 was the year that her label debuted. She went on to win Project Runway with a wave-inspired collection of turquoise, ivory, and sand shades that isn’t so far from the designs she presents to this day. This was the kick-start of her success as she has shown in New York Fashion Week and fashion weeks across the globe ever since.
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