Florals for spring? Sure, especially if your florals are more psychedelic trip than breathy romance, and that’s exactly what Florentina Leitner went for in her Parisian presentation.
The Antwerp-based Austrian designer showed a spring collection inspired by “deers, daisies and daydreaming” among haystacks piled into the basement of the 3537 cultural center, as a way to bring a bit of the bucolic Austrian region where she grew up.
Leitner put a floral spin on the clingy bodysuits that caught the eye of her famous following, here available in a variety of lengths, and babydoll dresses decorated with a deer print, a collaboration with Dutch graphic artist Rop van Mierlo, or sketched daisies. There were retro-inflected swim looks, floral caps and all, connecting the season’s narrative further to the Lake Neusiedl region where the season’s film was shot.
Elsewhere, a floor-length dress, made of giant lace flowers that left skin and skivvies in plain sight hit the sweet spot for tongue-in-cheek sexiness and showed Leitner’s knack for making handcrafted elements look coolly relevant.
The result was fun, flirty and felt as refreshing as a morning walk in the countryside.