Berlin-based designer and haute couturier Lucas Meyer-Leclère, famed for his hand-painted, re-tailored pieces of art, drew on his time at Chanel for his Spring/Summer 2022 collection, inspired by “the diversity, energy and vitality of the Berlin art and music scene.”
Named Painted Love, the Kraftwerk show was presented as a live painting performance with a singing act on stage. It perfectly captured the joie de vivre of Leclère’s beloved adopted city, with an unmistakable Berlinesque punk-couture aesthetic (with a bit of glam rock thrown in.) As such, it was rife with leather, neck scarves, Doc Martens, raw hems and smokey eyes for both sexes.
Jackets and skirts with seemingly mismatching patterns and textures were elaborately stitched together, turned inside out and embellished, given new and dynamic three-dimensional contexts. The colours were predominantly black and white, with elements of moss green and beige, and vigorous splashes of hand-painted colour.
Layers on layers created elegant and fun silhouettes: A lightweight blazer was paired with white mini-shorts with blue brushstrokes, a delicate blouse with plunging neckline was worn with a distressed furry coat and neck scarf, and a shiny marbled blue and black coat was thrown over a bubblegum-pink, distressed dress. Some other standout pieces included a smart leather blazer and white high-collar shirt, both adorned with HIV lettering, along with an oversized black coat drizzled in silver paint.
The collection is a strong representation of LML STUDIO’s philosophy, revealing the “beauty hidden in the craft of existing garments,” and giving pre-loved garments a new and exciting lease of life.
Words by CC Borjeson