By Carl Anglim | February 9, 2017
London // 5pm Runway Show // KC
With childhood afternoons spent watching her grandma and aunt work as tailors, a curiosity in fashion came early to Leonie Mergen. Fascinated by the practice, she remembers playing copycat on her own dresses, customising and experimenting throughout most of her youth. Unable to shake this interest, Leonie enrolled in Berlin’s International University of Art (ESMOD) for Fashion, where she earned her BA in 2014. During this time, she gained invaluable experience with internships at EDSOR Berlin, HELLMANN Menswear and Dawid Tomaszewski. The young designer hasn’t let postgrad life slow her down– and with two collections already under her belt, Leonie’s creative streak shows no sign of stopping. Exhibiting a refreshingly relaxed attitude towards artistry, Leonie doesn’t force herself into any boxes. Her work reflects this free-spirited outlook, with each new batch of designs wildly different than the one before it. Her first collection, a series of ensembles entitled “Public Boudoir”, featured a rich palette of black and cream hues typically uncharacteristic of spring and summer seasons.