Veronique Leroy has always approached fashion with a distinct sense of irony. After studying at Studio Bercot and working under the bodycon master Azzedine Alaia, she launched her eponymous line in 1991, and in recent years has revived the brand while staying true to her roots: rich materials, impeccable construction, and an interest in what some might consider “bad taste.”
Leroy opened her Fall 2017 fashion show with a crushed velvet jumpsuit that felt like something Liza Minnelli might wear—and rock. She continued with ruched leggings, skirts, and bodysuits, chunky knits, and fringe accents. Several velvet looks featured embroidered leaves that were also present on the knitwear, adding a sense of artful handcraft to the collection. It may sound like a lot happening all at once, but taken on their own, many of the collection’s best pieces, from the plush teddy bear coats to the silk blouses and tailored suit separates, would be a welcome addition to any fall wardrobe.
After decades in the business, it’s refreshing to see that Leroy has not lost her edge. Or her sense of humor.