Chris Leba, designer of New York based cult brand, R13, has, for the most part, stuck to the classics of American fashion for pre-fall.
Denim and leather, both materials that improve with each wear, make up the core of his collection. There are also plenty of cotton tees with The Clash graphics, an obsession from Leba’s youth, and flannels that add a bit of soul.
As is the case with most of Leba’s collections, expect over- and uber-sized. The jeans are worn low slung on the hips giving the impression of drop crotches. Denim jackets featured lots of fraying and distressing. And, definitely, leopard printed jeans and tops continue strong in this collection as well. Denim boiler suits to be worn straight down or rolled up to almost the knees. And if you want to be a real R13 girl, the more prints and patterns you mix together, the better! 😁
Styled together, it all might seem quite louche, but compared to R13’s previous runway outings the collection has an almost minimalist, essential tinge. Stripped of the styling and accessories, these are clothes that can have many lives.
This pre-fall collection will be available only in a few months, but you can shop for the current winter and pre-spring collection right now at SAKS in the Barney’s section, Shopbop, Nordstrom, and at NET-A-PORTER (they also have some good sales available still).