Chris Leba spent 20 years on the design team at Ralph Lauren before taking over the creative direction at R13, which launched as a denim label in 2009. For the brand’s runway debut for fall, Leba showed much more than just jeans. “I love the American classics,” he said, noting his years of experience at his former employer. “But we put it together in a context that’s very different, obviously. It’s always this girl that I had a crush on that I’m designing for, over and over again.”


Referencing London’s punk and Seattle’s grunge scenes, Leba’s girl gang looked tough and cool in ripped wide-leg jeans, destroyed mohair sweaters, cropped wool trousers, flannel shirting and repurposed concert tees. He kept his proportions loose and easy, with a few silk floral slipdresses adding a note of femininity. But a tomboy attitude prevailed — punk was certainly alive and kicking. Or, as emblazoned on one of the collection’s black sequin minidresses: “Punk’s not dead, punk’s sleepin’ drunk.”

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