The Industry: Berlin Fashion Week Designer Spotlight: Hien Le

13 Jul

A look from Hien Le FW11

Ladylike looks always have a place in our closets, but we have never been known to turn up our noses at a chic and clean menswear-inspired ensemble. There’s an ease to tailored pieces that display a sort of sexiness that is far more interesting than any plunging neckline or the tightest of pencil skirts could ever hope be (See Janelle Monae or Lou Doillon for evidence).  It’s for this reason that we immediately gravitated towards designer Hien Le, who just  presented his SS12 collection on the final day of Berlin Fashion Week last Saturday.  Le, who previously worked with another of our favorite labels, Veronique Branquinho, debuted his collection for SS10 in Berlin with pieces that showed a rather stringent attention to detail and a dedication to the masculine/feminine aesthetic that has been of hallmark of his subsequent collections.

His FW11 collection is a study in restraint, largely based on a limited palette of blue, cream and gray and referencing his background as a tailor. Even the pieces with a more generous silhouette show at least some measure of structure- a thoughtfully expanded armhole or just the right amount of slouch at the ankle of a slim trouser. As with the other designers that we have profiled from Berlin, Le is one to keep on your radar. See the entire FW11 women’s and men’s collection at











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