Katya Leonovich’s Fall 2012 presentation at the Box theater was truly poetic. Standing under impressionist styled paintings—by the designer herself—models donned designs appearing to have walked right off the canvas. Inspired by buildings in NYC, especially in the Flatiron district where Russian-native Leonovich now calls home, the collection might have appeared as a hodge-podge of styles, fabrics, and silhouettes to some upon first glance. However, upon further inspection, one would find the collection just as layered and complex as the city that leant inspiration and the Portishead tunes playing.
Feminine silhouettes in watercolor prints counterbalanced sharp architectural looks in metallic. For example, a painterly printed dress with delicately draped detailing offered a softer touch while a metallic futuristic jacket with angularly emphasized shoulder pads and paired with ruched metallic leggings, toughened the assortment. Boning and pleats, as well as sweetheart necklines, ruching and python accents were also seen throughout the motley of a collection. All in all, the fusion of different styles worked together harmoniously to achieve a beautiful pandemonium, just like New York City itself.