French fashion, designer Jacques Leonard presented his new summer and winter collection in Copenhagen on Friday (28 March).
CU: Beachwear being modelled follow through to other models in beach dresses (green the basic colour)
CU: Models displaying leisure wear, trouser suits and dresses. (2 shots)
CU: Oriental wrapover top with black trousers.
MV: Model on catwalk and joins other in similar long-black evening wear
CU: Woman watching as Japanese model with umbrella wearing long Kimono-style dress
CU: Onlookers applaud
CU: Model wearing pink pyjamas-style suit
MV: Spectators SV, MV models parading in pyjamas-style trouser suit.
CU: Models wearing various creations
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Background: French fashion, designer Jacques Leonard presented his new summer and winter collection in Copenhagen on Friday (28 March). Mr. Leonard a leading name in the fashion world, normally shows his collection in Paris, along with other top designers. But there is a growing trend towards holding exhibitions in other European cities and this season Mr Leonard took seventeen French models to the Danish capital.
SYNOPSIS: Jacques Leonard opened his won fashion house in 1959 and his company now produces beachwear, leisure suits, evening gowns and perfume. Seventy per cent of his clothes are sold outside France and new retail outlets were recently opened in the United States and Japan. Artistic collaboration between fashion designers and porcelain manufacturers is rare but Mr Leonard works in partnership with the German firm of Hutshcenreuther, one of Europe's largest china producers.
Many of the fashions in Mr Leonard's new collection have been inspired by the Orient.
For evening wear, dark colours were favoured. Many of the dresses were of silk with border trimming. The overall mood was exotic, in keeping with the designer's fashion philosophy.
One of Jacques Leonard's trademarks in his fabrics sprinkled liberally with the patterns of flowers, buds and leaves. This recurrent motif added a touch of colour to the clothes.
In contrast to the eventing dresses the pyjamas-style leisure suits were created in vibrant, new colours.
The keynote of the collection was variety. Flower-patterned beachwear, bright, practical ski suits and dark, silky evening gowns. But simplicity and elegance provided a continuous theme.
Last year Jacques Leonard sold almost twenty-one million pounds worth of fashion to customers all over the world. His new collection showed clearly the mixture of inventiveness and elegance that has proved so popular.