French lingerie brand Maison Lejaby has created its first collection of ready-to-wear for Autumn/Winter 2014 in collaboration with 29 year-old Parisian designer Léa Peckre.
The result is a collection of modern shapes and materials that blurs the line between underwear and outerwear.
The designer, who says she is fascinated by lingerie and its technical sophistication, found her inspirations in Lejaby’s vast archives which catalogue the brand’s 130-year history of lingerie.
One such inspiration was the 1988 image of Isabelle Adjani posing for Lejaby in a white bra partially concealed by a jersey, which caused a sensation at the time.
By focusing on silhouttes, Peckre created statement pieces made from tulle and moulded flesh-toned dresses that create a screen-like effect on the skin to suggest the underwear beneath.
She deliberately avoided classic lingerie materials such as silk and lace throughout the collection, opting instead for fabrics such as those used in invisible lingerie – another inspiration – as well as neoprene, alpaca and lycra of the type usually found in swimsuits.
Everything in the collection, which includes tailored trousers, dresses, bodysuits and unstructured blouses is monochrome and designed to bring what is usually underneath into the spotlight, crossing the boundaries between lingerie and ready-to-wear.