Leon Emanuel Blanck’s AW19/20 collection is a discourse in tension between sheen and decay. AQUA REGIA is a mixture of concentrated nitric and hydrochloric acids. It is the only highly corrosive liquid able to dissolve gold and every other precious metal, fitting perfectly to the theme of the collection. Crafted through the contrast of imperial and ignoble, royal opposing meager, the collection plays with today’s colliding worlds of poverty and excess. Precious silks, cashmeres and 24 karat gold plated leather jackets stand against destroyed hemp linings, latex coated jacquards and aggressive seam lines.

Photography: Richard Söderberg