This season Véronique Leroy left her twisted mormon inspired – yet cheeky – spring-summer 2013 story behind and opted for a softly tailored and ingenious textured garments, that stayed both for conventional elegance and powerful, voluminous shapes.
In this sense, the silhouettes are designed from the shoulders: the boxy fit of ivory cropped jackets, midnight blue belted coat dresses and salt and pepper twinsets marked the start of the runway. Then, Leroy proved that she can be a true golden girl: while colors weren't allowed for the summer, the upcoming winter is all about vibrant copper khaki and golden hues. Light touches are brought to the silhouettes now and there, as the matt material fused with iridescent fabrics, such as camouflage-like dévorée. Some outfits were even accessorized with fringed leather gloves, for a dandy look.
This said, the designer kept her somewhat frigid aesthetics: the hem of skirts and dresses stayed under the knee while ring collars and mock turtlenecks did not allow any cleavages. Only a few A-line and pencil skirts with slits that parted the garments in two half revealed the skin of the leggy models.
But Veronique is also big in the game, when it comes to twist textures and fabrics: a taupe coated astrakhan shearling coat with oversized patched pockets was a particular eye-catcher, next to a patent Prince of Whales leather ensemble – always, with the cheeky slit.
And for this capacity of refreshing conventional material, Leroy deserved to be rewarded. No other designer could turn classical rib knits into glamorously shaped outfits. The sporty touch of the rib was carried away by the feminine fit at the waist and the voluminous shoulder who emphasized the dynamic look of her dresses. Who thought that rib knits could be so desirable.
- Elisabeta Tudor