‘A car driving through the woods in the middle of the night. Eerie, dreamy scenery plunged into darkness and a vision of plants appearing between shadows and lights.’
, one of Paris’ most exciting young designers is describing the inspiration for her S/S 13 collection - her eponymous label’s commercial debut. If the pieces sound influenced by a scene from a horror film, the reality is that the dresses, coats and separates are nothing less than beautiful, though just as dark and impactful.
Lea Peckre S/S 13
It’s not surprising - Lea’s stylish yet subversive credentials are impeccable, she worked at Givenchy
and Jean Paul Gaultier
(and Isabel Marant
) before striking out alone. Romain Brau, co-owner and buyer of Antwerp’s directional RA
boutique has had an eye on Lea for a while ‘I like to follow designers from the beginning of their careers, so I’m always checking out the shows of the interesting fashion schools! That’s how I found Lea, and I’ve known her for a few years now from parties in Antwerp too.’
Lea Peckre S/S 13
His foresight appears to have paid off - Lea’s artfully constructed pieces, all sharp architectural lines and shadowy romance, are the perfect balance between wearable and obscure. ‘What really excites me about this collection is the way she mixes embroidery, draping and construction. It feels incredibly high-luxury, but also very contemporary’ says Romain.
For her part, Lea describes her collection as ‘very elegant with a touch of austerity. A graphic line and sophisticated details.’ It’s very Rachael from Blade Runner
style sharp sensuality – a character Lea says represents her ‘idea’ of woman.
Sean Young as Rachael in Blade Runner
That chic theatricality makes the designer an ideal fit for RA, but where Romain and Lea do differ is in their opinion of the collection’s stand-out piece, ‘I love the coat that exaggerates the hips!’ says Romain, whereas Lea cites the laser cut dress because of it’s ‘transparency play, mixing matte and shiny contrasts.’
We couldn’t possibly choose between them…
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