Lesley de Freitas – FLORA SS13 Collection
Central Saint Martins alumna, Lesley de Freitas’ work has been featured in a number of high fashion publications including Vogue Italia (http://www.vogue.it/talents/vogue-per-i-giovani/2012/09/lesley-de-freitas), Another Magazine Loves, Diane Pernet’s Paris Diary, ASVOF, Planet Notion, Disorder Magazine, HONK, That Fake Blog, Ocean Style Magazine, The Trend Oracle & Slave Magazine.
Her spring/summer collection ‘FLORA’ was inspired by the air of ostentatious glamour and breezy elegance that was Palm Springs c.1960‘s/70‘s; with cinematic references of Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren; this is a sophisticated, refreshing and optimistic collection, comprising of day wear which seamlessly flows through to evening wear, in a veneer of bright sugary hues underpinned by a more serious side. Elements of the collection also take their cue from Jacqueline Kennedy’s favoured couturiers, Balenciaga and Hubert de Givenchy, where vintage Balenciaga advertising campaigns have influenced my textile designs, with bright brocades, old gold and richly embroidered silk chiffons, with a simplistic, uncomplicated silhouette, updated with a dialogue which plays with an abstracted floral leitmotif, negative space and layering in luxe double silk marrocains and the finest silk chiffons.
With the addition of signature couture elements to this collection, each piece is 100% handmade in England, finished to atelier standard – featuring ‘one off’ unique pieces, highly embellished with hand beading, embroidery, and delicate 3d floral applique.
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