The Dutch/Belgian winter landscape never looked so good with fresh and young covetable pieces.
Antwerp is arguably the edgiest fashion hub in Europe. Its local Royal Academy of Fine Arts has a reputation of being a stimulating and healthily competitive environment. Leonneke Derksen graduated at the Academy a few years ago, moved to New York and went to Paris where to work for Balenciaga, Cacharel and Carven. Nowadays she and her partner Matthias Medaer are steadily working on their own fashion label which goes under the name Léo Paris.
It's not easy for a small brand to stand out, but a commercial collection filled with sporty and feminine silhouettes, might seem the perfect way to go about it. With the skater skirt and the sweatshirt as the basic look for upcoming autumn/winter season, Leonneke managed to design an essential stack of convertible and covetable pieces such as culottes, knits, tops, jackets and shirts. With a fresh, yet melancholic atmosphere, Léo Paris sets the tone just right. The young designer created a wardrobe that is actually very wearable and on point.
Leonneke was inspired by typical Dutch embroidered canvasses - that her family resourced at local flea markets - and the empty Belgian/Dutch landscape with dead trees and little creeks. We’re quite fond of her printed shirts and sweatshirts and we can’t wait to see what’s next!
Words: Magali Elali
Photography: Hannah and Joel
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