by Remi Akande


Fashion February 21, 2019

Oxford Fashion Studios AW19 shows concluded on London Fashion Day 3, with a special runway show from Berlin-based designer Leonie Mergen.  With a focus on tailoring and fine German craftsmanship, the AW19 collection to London Fashion Week was showcased in front of a rapturous audience on an early spring day Sunday.

The Oxford Fashion Studio showcase places a focus on fashion disrupters and independent design talent from across the globe.

For AW19 Mergen paid tribute to the past generations that shaped the industrial development within her contemporary wearable designs by combining functional elements with social attires of the various eras of industrialisatio

Highlights of the collection included leather dresses layered over trousers for the women, one sleeve long dresses, slinky pink flowing gowns teamed with printed scares and harnessed accessories, while for the men there were tailored jumpsuits, white shirts with pipe detailing and boxy leather jackets. Plus standout a standout overcoat for a more formal look,

Mergen, a graduate from the Berlin International University of Art for Fashion (ESMOD), founded her namesake label in 2016, and her timeless clear cut aesthetic and couture-inspired delicate silhouettes for women alongside masculine compositions for men has made her a firm favourite at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Berlin.

“London is one of the four fashion capitals of the world and it is known to be the seedbed for new and young fashion brands due to the many famous fashion colleges such as Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and Royal College of Art. I am convinced that London is the right place to enter the fashion market.”



Remi Akande | Writer | @remiakande

Caroline Hajny | Photographer |@carolinehajny

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