“Berlin-based men’s and womenswear label Leonie Mergen, which has a focus on elaborate design and a dedication to German tailoring and craftsmanship brought its autumn/winter 2019 collection to London Fashion Week as part of the Oxford Fashion Studio showcase that places a focus on fashion disrupters and independent design talent.”



“Leonie Mergen is an artist. Her collections always tell a story, not least her SS19 Seven Beauties collection, which was her sartorial response to a 12th century Persian epic poem. It is, however, back to the Caucasus that she returns for her fourth collection, “Black Gold”, an alternative term for crude oil. The collection tells the story of industry and the origins of oil extraction alongside the Caspian Sea. A brave topic to address, let alone celebrate, in the world of 21st century fashion.”


“Highlights of the collection included leather dresses layered over trousers for the women, one sleeve long dresses, slinky pink flowing gowns teamed with printed scares and harnessed accessories, while for the men there were tailored jumpsuits, white shirts with pipe detailing and boxy leather jackets. Plus standout a standout overcoat for a more formal look.”



“Something that makes Leonie Mergen the brand stand out is the focus on highlighting German tailoring craftsmanship in the designs. Since items are designed and produced in Germany, this plays a role in allowing her team to be in full control. Which in turn are translated in the runway through timelessly clear cuts, sophisticated handcrafted details, couture-inspired delicate silhouettes for women and modernly masculine compositions for men.”




“Furs, silk, velvet and leather combine to exude an imperious sophistication whilst conceding a polite modesty in form, it is resplendent with deep, regal colours and rich with warm, classic textures. Incongruous in such a sterile and over-heated venue it certainly was and this obvious clash left me imagining how the show might have looked outside in the freshly fallen Berlin snow – I can envisage it now; the sound of the snow crunching underfoot, the sight of the breath emanating from each delicate mouth and the flickering candlelight illuminating those powerful forms.”



“Seit 2015 begeistert sie mit ihren neuartigen Designs und zieht Blicke auf sich. Ihre Kollektionen einzigartig, mutig und mit viel Hintergrund. Die Rede ist von der Designerin Leonie Mergen, die dieses Jahr ihre Premiere auf der Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin AW 2017 feiert.”


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“Berlin based Designer Leonie Mergen unveiled her SS19 Collection yesterday during London Fashion Week at 1pm in Devonshire Square in conjunction with OFS. Founded in 2016 by the ESMOD graduate name-giving designer, Leonie Mergen is a high-end mens- and womenswear label with a focus on elaborate design and a dedication to German tailoring craftsmanship. With her latest Spring/Summer 2019 edition of the Karabakh Collection, Leonie Mergen is travelling down the famous and ever so significant Silk Road, embodying the great master Nizami Ganjavi’s ancient poem “The Seven Beauties“, which tells the story of a king’s poetic journey to find the seven princesses he had fallen in love with in his dreams.”


“Playing a big part in all of Mergens collections, not to mention this one is the Silk Road, which was an ancient winding trade route connecting the east with the west through various regions of Asia. Given that the Silk Road is such an old, yet rich source of inspiration I was eager to see the collection unfold in front of me.”


“Founded in 2016, Leonie Mergen is a high-end, Berlin based designer who focuses on tailoring for both mens and womenswear. This season, Mergen was inspired by the Industrial Age, paying tribute to the past generations through her contemporary collection. The colour palette featured all neutral tones including tan, sand, black and white. These historical elements were showcase in beautiful, and very wearable garments. Leonie Mergen’s signature clean cuts and tailored style are all created and manufactured in Germany.”


“Leonie Mergen ranks as one of the most exciting young fashion designers on the international scene at the present time. Based in Berlin, her atelier focuses on haute couture and demonstrates the high-quality tailoring of her homeland. Neil Watson caught up with Leonie for Visions in the aftermath of last week’s rapturous reception to the new collection at London Fashion Week, which was revealed amidst the imposing Victorian splendour of Devonshire Square in East London.”


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“With her new ready-to-wear collection launching this weekend at London Fashion Week, Sophie Breitsameter talks to Berlin-based fashion designer Leonie Mergen about the creative process and how she has drawn inspiration from Azerbaijani artist Arif Aziz’s abstract canvases.”


“Leonie Mergen's New Collection is a Sartorial Meeting Point.”


“Neben den üblichen Shows bieten einige Designer, im Rahmen der Berliner Fashionweek, die Möglichkeit eines Resees für die Presse. Beim Resee von Leonie Mergen war ich vor Ort und hatte die Möglichkeit mit der Designerin über ihre Entwürfe und vor allem über ihre Inspirationsquellen zu sprechen. Ich war echt baff! Leonie Mergen ist jung, wirklich jung. Trotzdem hatte ich das Gefühl, dass ihre Entwürfe ausgereift und intelligent sind. Wenig Attitüde dafür eine Menge wunderschöner, tragbarer Teile.”


“Berlin Fashion Week: Leonie Mergen H/W 2017/18”


“A fashion week presentation isn't complete without an equally stylish after party, and Mergen didn't disappoint on either fronts. Following the runway show, the designer welcomed friends and fashion insiders at Tube Station Berlin for celebratory cocktails. Guests raised a glass to the young creative courtesy of Belvedere Vodka, Kyrö Gin and Carpe Diem beverages, ensuring they were sufficiently sauced up enough for a boogie on the dance floor.”


B.Z. Berlin

“Die Show von Leonie Mergen”


“Die Show der jungen Berliner Designerin Leonie Mergen zeigte uns in ihrer neuen Kollektion Inspirationen aus der aserbaidschanischen Bergkarabach-Region. Die Muster auf einigen Stücken erinnern ein wenig an die Teppiche des Landes, dazu weitfallende Mäntel und landestypische Ausschnitte. Die Verarbeitung von Leder erinnerte an die Pferdezucht Aserbaidschans und die Seide natürlich an die historische Seidenstraße.”


“Jungdesigner, deren Namen wir uns merken sollten. So viele spannende Jungdesigner zeigen bei der Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, was sie können. Auf diese Talente freuen wir uns 2017 ganz besonders.”


“Modetrubel in der Hauptstadt. Simone Voss zählt zu den Gästen bei der Show von Leonie Mergen.”


“On the second day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin the young fashion designer LEONIE MERGEN attracted attention with her second collection ‚Karabakh‘. The men hit the runway in knee-high leather boots, straight cut pants, classic shirts, jersey turtlenecks and wide coats, many of them decorated with leather elements like straps and belts. The female models showed midi skirts, coats with fur trimming, high waisted trousers and black turtlenecks combined with vest-like tops.”


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Leonie Mergen (unten rechts) überzeugte mit Damen- und Herren-Looks in teilweise bestickten Wollstoffen, Leder und mit klaren Linien.”





“Inside London Fashion Week A/W 2018”


“The Leonie Mergen catwalk was one of my favourites from the weekend: its ‘Black and Gold’ collection combined menswear and womenswear in such a classic way. Each piece was unpredictable yet was subtly brilliant in its use of details like collars, pockets or buttons which created breathtaking pieces. Rather than be bold in colour, this season Leonie Mergen focused on the quality and cut of the material, each piece hung flawlessly off the model creating an elegant ambience as it moved down the catwalk.”


“Leonie Mergen also favoured classic style elements using structured black and white favourites like shirts and riding boots, but adding a small ornamentation like silver embellishments on the outer leg of suit pants. The neutral colour designs pieces were aided by burgundy features of a bodice or panelling. The feminine shape of garments were accessorised with small details like additional straps and collars of contrasting fabric – most noticeably seen on a white men’s shirt where the front panel was a burgundy print.”