Leclaireur has always made a point of scouting new talents who contribute to redefining creation.
A number of new names have recently caught our eye. Aalto, BESFXXK, Blindness and Rokh are the kind of up-and-coming brands that make our heart race for all the right reasons.
And because first times always fuel our imagination, why not shed the spotlight on Juun J’s very first womenswear collection? There’s also room for Preen, and Andy Wolf, all newly available at Leclaireur.
While we’re at it, let’s make room for Y/Project and Balenciaga, respectively represented by Glenn Martens, winner of the 2017 ANDAM Grand Prize, and Demna Gvasalia, named 2016 International Ready-to-Wear Designer.
Fall/Winter 2017 feels definitely fresh, fresher, the freshest.
« From Finland to Paris ». Tuomas Merikoski is a designer from the Far North who subtly blends his raw and sensitive energy and a knack for French sophistication. His work takes us on a journey filled with dynamic, unconventional and retro-futuristic territories. His creations range from multicolored prints to lambskin vest and calf-leather heeled boots.
Preen is exclusively available in Paris at Leclaireur. Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzy share a mutual love for the Victorian era, which their collections fully display. The floral patterns of their silk dress find a perfect match in their folded skirt. Layering today, now and forever.
Creations as transformable as can be, and smart, too, like this trench with detachable sleeves, and volumes that give birth to silhouettes exuding a raw and almost primitive energy. Jae Lim and Bona Kim marry functional lines with the British heritage of classical tailoring, toying with deconstruction, which in turn leads to newfound, genderless garments.
Created in Paris in 2007, the Korean brand has just come up with its first womenswear collection. Juun J refers to his work as « street tailoring ». His creations are often ambivalent, halfway between the shirt and the sweater. His version of the bomber can be worn on your back, because that’s what’s straps can do for you. Wild volumes make for his unique streetwear silhouette.
The Korean brand created in 2013 in Seoul is all about androgynous silhouettes, complete with oversized elements and modern cuts. Leclaireur met Shin Kyu Long and Ji Sun when preparing to host the 7th edition of the 10 Soul Project. The two radical designers’ main inspirations are, admittedly, Raf Simons and J.W.Anderson.
Blindness Bomber Jacket, Blindness Dress, Balenciaga Boots, Balenciaga Handbag
« Intelligent, fragile but confident ». Rok Hwang has a clear vision of the Rokh woman. A Central Saint Martins graduate, Hwang was a designer for Louis Vuitton and Chloé before creating his own brand in London in 2016. His creations highlight women’s natural sensuality. Hwang refines a deconstructed style and tirelessly schedules hundreds of fittings to get each piece exactly where he wants it. Here, a silk shirt-dress and a pair of raw jeans which seems to have been unstitched and stitched again.
Photographer: Bruno Rizzato
Hair&MakeUp: Sefedine Allaoua
Model: Sofia Wasserman (@crystal management)