Léonard Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2013 Paris
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Raffaele Borriello's appointment as designer at Leonard was expected to bring the house back to something more coherent. Maxime Simoens's "blink and you miss it" passage at the creative helm of Leonard proposed an update that did not dovetail with the brand's image, leading to a mutual decision between the house and the designer to part ways.

It seems like Borriello's Latin sensibilities were more the house's pace, for he created a seductive, white-hot twist on the classic prints. Reused intact, the 1973 bamboo print was underlined and given new definition through the use of black jersey accents, and shone in a stark yellow. The orchid motif was treated as a laser cut appliqué, pressed into organza and became almost abstract. It plays also as a gold belt buckle finishing an all-black sheer sheath with a luxe touch.

Of course, a few beautiful chiffons pieces were needed and in pastels, accentuated the renewed Leonard graphic spin on fitted draped mini-dresses and flowing trousers.

"I hope to impart a modern silhouette" said Raffaelle Borriello in impeccable French after being congratulated profusely by the owners of Leonard. "Keep the classic prints intact and underline it to create structure, this was important."

In light of his spring/summer 2013, Leonard's glamour is better suited to this modern, hazy, luxury resort feel than it could accommodate a youthful shake-up.

- Lily Templeton

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