Leanne Marshall may still be considered by some to be an emerging designer, however, this season’s collection showed us that she has definitively rooted herself & landed. She has proven to be one of the most incredibly talented designers to have emerged from the Project Runway series.
FW 2017 began with a hip yet somber repetitive beat, as one model after another appeared in flowing Silks, Chiffons, Satins, & Lace in a mostly neutral palette of Pale Grey, Pewter, Sand, Khaki, Black, & a boldly vibrant Red. The collection, predominantly dresses, in which Ms Marshall excels, were embellished with high slits, gathers, ruffles, & all things feminine, yet had a powerful & strong presence. In addition to real Lace, she presented Laser-Cut Leather Lace, & Digitally Printed Lace, both nods to high end craftsmanship & modern technology.
I had the great pleasure of meeting Ms. Marshall many years ago, she was relatively quiet, with a kind smile. I imagine that perhaps the wheels in her mind where in motion with endless design ideas. What she does not speak in mere words, she expresses through her mesmerizing creativity & her masterful use of fabric, with folds, construction, & drape.
-Elise Goldberg Santiago
Designer Website: www.leannemarshall.com