Former winner of Project Runway, Leanne Marshall showcased her Autumn Winter 2015 collection at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. This beautiful collection featured 42 looks, characterized by silk chiffon gowns in a bold color pallete of black and forest green over neutral tones of ivory and cream.
Take a peak at the magic before the show. You can read our interview with Leanne below these backstage photos.
When did you know you wanted to be a fashion designer?
When I was 12 years old. I started making sketches for my ballet costumes and it all blossomed from there.
How would you describe your brand?
How has your work evolved since you began your own label?
A lot. When you are able to spend 14 to sometimes 20 hours a day sewing, designing, and creating, growth happens fast.
What advice would you give to young designers?
Sew everyday. Great designers can sew anything they can draw.
What is your favorite design from your collection this season and why?
This hand painted gown was my favorite. The combination of the colors, cut and drape really made me love it. And, it ended up on Andi Macdowell at the Academy Awards a few days later.
Photo Credit: Dan Lecca
If you were to design a dress specifically for one person, who would it be and why?
Kristen Wiig. She is the funniest person on earth.
Your designs are so beautiful! What are some materials and techniques you used that are unique for the Fall/Winter Collection?
Thank you! In this collection I used silk chiffon, silk organza and silk wool and a small touch of velvet. There was an enormous amour of hand painting in these gowns. All of the hombre and graduations were all achieved by hand. It was a lot of fun.
What are your inspirations in creating your designs?
Something new inspires me everyday.
Who did you have in mind as the ideal recipient of your designs?
A woman who want to look "out of this world" beautiful.
You just finished your showcase at NYFW. Can you give us a sneak peek into what you have in store for the next season?
Mind your own business! A girl has to have some secrets!
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