R13 Previews Edgy SS21 Collection

R13 Previews Edgy SS21 Collection

R13 Previews Edgy SS21 Collection

Creative director, Chris Leba steers away from his usual leather-clad aesthetic — towards something with a softer edge...

Creative director, Chris Leba steers away from his usual leather-clad aesthetic — towards something with a softer edge...

Text: Hailee Milton

In the midst of social, economic, and political upheavals, 2020 has undoubtedly left its mark on the world. Like many, this time has allowed for a process of self-reflection, bringing the luxury brand, R13 in particular, to a newfound place of clarity. Now, excited to share their revelations with the world, R13 has previewed its Spring/Summer 2021 collection. And surprisingly, creative director, Chris Leba has softened his usual leather-clad aesthetic, the new collection is an expression of a new profound reality of both R13 found and Leba.

Stripping itself bare and reclaiming its roots, R13 finds balance in strength and sharpness for SS21. These strong design elements coexisting with softer touches such as, soft tailoring which emphasizes the bolder proportions and is exemplified by the baggy trousers, loose shirtdresses, and slouchy trench coats. The denim is bleached and juxtaposed with pink florals, representative of the softness the harsh world needs right now. Plus, there are fewer prints, more monochrome white, seen in denim, cowboy boots, and belts, emphasized by the black-and-white photography. However most noticeably, Leba’s unapologetic ‘F*ck You’ t-shirt makes the whole collection — perhaps the most relevant piece to the current times.

To preview the edgy R13 collection see below, click here to view the full lookbook and video.

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