German design phenom Leonie Mergen delighted the packed house at Linbury Theater in the Royal Opera House as an exclusive designer for Oxford Fashion Studios Sunday evening.
The Berlin-based designer showcased a collection of men’s and women’s fashion that left guests applauding her skillful use of draping, waistline details and minimalistic chic aesthetic creating a cohesive and fresh debut for SS20. Artfully tailored belted jackets in rich olive tones had subtle military vibes and silhouettes in pops of coral provided an unexpected element of brightness to the collection.
Strategic draping at the waistline was thoughtful in pieces like the coral and white jumpsuit that seemed to garner high praise from guests whose eyebrows raised in approval. Another standout was the belted duster over a white pantsuit with perfect pocket and collar details that served up a structured, figure-flattering silhouette with style points for its crisp lines. The designer showcased an expertly designed collection highlighting her commitment to high-end German craftsmanship and tailoring.
The show was produced by Oxford Fashion Studios who highlights independent fashion designers from all over the world, giving them a platform to showcase their work. Oxford Fashion Studio has worked with nearly 700 designers, from over 70 different countries, over the past 10 years. This year, the designers showcased their work to a full-house at the Royal Opera House in London, which served as a stunning backdrop. Oxford Fashion Studio has also launched a wholesale showroom in London supported by Joor that will open after London Fashion Week. You can learn more at Oxfordfashionstudio.com and by following them @oxfordfashionstudio on Instagram.
After graduating from ESMOD Berlin, Leonie started her self-titled high-end Berlin-based men’s and womenswear label in 2016. Focusing on the consumer that sets value on highly elegant designs and exclusive materials. Inspired by profoundly researched inspirational concepts, she was able to define the Leonie Mergen woman and man that are conscious of sustainability and traceable production of their clothes. As seen on her previous collection, which focused on the cultural heritage of the South Caucus. Leonie merged the regions historical art with her design work through the process of creative translation. Aside from her participation in OFS London Fashion Week, Leonie Mergen has been part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Berlin since 2017.