Claire Stemen
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Leanne Marshall Fall 2018: New York Fashion Week

Leanne Marshall NYFW FW18

As we are oft told, first impressions are everything. Pop-up pink blossom tree cards on Valentine’s Day by Lovepop dotted the benches at Spring Studios for Leanne Marshall’s FW18 show and what an impression they made!

That sort of delicacy and care manifested itself in unexpected color combinations. Muted, earthy tones like dusty rose and bronze were well accented with a deep watery navy, acidic citron, and dreamy cyan. It’s the sort of color palette that feels like finding a sphene gem on a riverbank, discovering something unexpected in the expected. It was a breath of fresh air to be greeted with a lack of neon or bright, bloody red—both incredibly popular this season.

Leanne Marshall: NYFW FW18

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Marshall’s dichotomy between movement and restraint was an interesting turn of design for her past work that focused more on a flowing chiffon-based femininity, which the fashion industry knows and loves for good reason. Scalloped structured pieces of a modern persuasion melded well with silk chiffon silhouettes.

In an act of love towards the industry and Mother Earth, Leanne Marshall sourced all of her fabric for her pieces from hand-dyed bridal materials to organically sourced cottons, which primarily made up her outerwear. In an industry famous for its waste, the effort is appreciated and hopefully an effort that continues forward for Leanne Marshall and other designers.

Love for all bodies was an apparent theme as well, as models of all sizes, heights, and races walked the runway. This previously underground and uncommon practice has made its way to mainstream validation in the past few seasons, but especially this FW18 as seen at Gypsy Sport, Christian Siriano, Chromat, and more. The inclusion of varying and diverse identities was impressively included and represented as well. It’s heartening for Leanne Marshall to contribute as well.

Speaking of the designer, her love for others didn’t go unanswered, as guests were treated to a bit of romance when her fiancé presented her a bouquet—a cherry on top of the super-sweet Valentine’s show, one that didn’t give me a toothache, but did actually warm my heart.

About Leanne Marshall

Leanne Marshall was born in Yuba City, California. When most little girls were playing house, Leanne was playing fashion designer with a sketchbook, colored pencils and spare bits of fabric. In no time at all, with the help of a local seamstress, she began bringing her sketches to life. At age 18, Leanne won the Levi’s Dockers Scholarship and was awarded a year of free tuition at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco where she went on to study. In mid 2007, she was able to leave her money job behind and make the leap into designing her own label full-time.

In 2008, what would become a career defining year, Leanne was selected as a contestant for Season 5 of Project Runway. With an unwavering determination, she made it all the way to the finale where she showed her, now famous, wave inspired collection in shades of turquoise, ivory and sand. The judges, and audiences worldwide, were captivated by her final collection and Leanne was crowned the winner. Fresh after her Project Runway win, Leanne relocated to New York City where she continued to develop her line. Her collections have shown at New York Fashion Week and fashion weeks around the globe every year since 2008. Her work has been seen on Carrie Underwood, Ashley Benson, Salt, Ariana Grande, Andi MacDowell, Julianne Hough, Dasha Palanco, Jackie Cruz, Jane Fonda, Paula Abdul and many others. Her dresses and gowns have graced the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, US Weekly, The Post, TV Guide, The New York Times, People, Grazia, Elle, LIFE, National Geographicand countless others.

Leanne Marshall’s sophisticated designs are known for their light, flowing lines, feminine details and timeless elegance. Each dress is made in New York using only the highest quality materials. The Leanne Marshall Brand is a staple for the woman who wants a dress that will showcase, not overshadow, her beauty. Attention to high quality standards, proper flattering fits and silhouettes, and her unique ethereal approach to design have made Leanne a go-to for the today’s woman. With touches of classic and modern, sophistication and youth, Leanne Marshall has captured an effortless grace and timeless elegance in her collections.

For more information visit or follow on social at @leannemarshallofficial.

About Miss Garcia

Miss Garcia is the Spanish luxury footwear brand acclaimed for its standout styles, effervescent colors and impeccable, hand-crafted quality. The brand was founded in 2013 by entrepreneur and company CEO Elena Garcia who wanted to create a line that women everywhere would find compelling and irresistible. To learn more information about MISS GARCIA, please visit

About Aveda

Founded in 1978 in Minneapolis, MN, Aveda creates high performance, plant-based products for beauty professionals and consumers. Aveda innovates in botanical technologies, combining the principles of modern science and Ayurveda, the ancient healing art of India, to develop performance-driven hair, skin and body products—made with pure flower and plant essences—that are created with respect for the Earth, and a comprehensive menu of ritual-based treatments for holistic beauty. Go behind-the-scenes at Aveda on the blog at


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