By Debra Wallace
Los Angeles, California (The Hollywood Times) 4/19/22 – No one truly understands the multifaceted and revolutionary fashion sense that Generation X holds more than visionary Los Angeles-based designer Monica Leigh.
Monica never fails to dazzle the fashion industry with her avant-garde and timeless pieces that prioritize the value of truly sustainable fashion. As an artist that isn’t afraid to be bold and take risks, Monica has become a voice for Gen X fashionistas.
Monica has set her roots in Los Angeles and is recognized in the fashion world for her vivid imagination, talent, and commitment to perfection. At 20, she pursued her artistic vision and joined a group of artists that would come together to create art, leading to her discovery of her love of detail, beauty, and the Avant-Garde.
“I have always enjoyed expression through imagery. In my very early 20’s, I realized I loved to express feeling and design through fanciful attire.” Years later, Monica has based her inspiration for her designs on this early discovery.
Her collection, produced in Los Angeles as well, is designed and constructed from the inner workings of her expressive imagination to enhance the themes that are seen throughout her work: Personal Renaissance, and Love and Prosperity in the Modern World.
Monica’s designs have a reputation of their own as they are recognized to invoke the senses with creativity, verve, and the Avant-Garde.
Just as Generation X broke away from the traditions in everything from organized religion to politics and advertising than previous generations held onto, Monica has reflected this mindset in her work. Inspired by her own spirit, the Monica Leigh Collection started with the desire to break old traditions – enabling us to create and elevate the new.
“We are happy people are attracted to dark things,” Monica says about capturing Gen X. “These cutting-edge designs are personified as visions of style unfold in luminous detail while rich personality emerges into each piece.” As a reflection of her signature image, she is regarded highly for her “honesty, integrity, and business acumen.”
Monica has time and time again proven herself as a well-trusted and respected visionary of the fashion industry by garnering up a list of celebrities and executives that have been donned by her, as well as having her collection featured on the cover of Elle Magazine.
In 2022, Monica’s overall goal is to elevate her brand with a fresh perspective on newness. Modern uniqueness is in the new Monica Leigh collection that is inspired by anything naturally metallic such as images of any metal ore, or images of stellar formations for color and texture.
With the vision that Monica has for the future of her collection, it is only a matter of time before she elevates herself to an even higher level.
The team at Monica Leigh SVX is working on exciting campaigns of placement in creative spaces from boutiques to micro shopping events. Monica’s new collection is intoxicating and will leave you wanting more. With the idea of embracing newness and celebrating the free spirit all while staying true to her ethically-driven ways, there is no doubt Monica Leigh is the future of fashion.
Natural beauty and sublime light with a penchant for metallic tones is at the core of her new collection. More than ever, she is ready to showcase her creative brilliance once again with her new collection that ties together everything that represents her brand.
As a fashion designer constantly inspired by the diversity of people she meets in her life, Monica Leigh understands her target audience and has become an agent for them. “Fashion means wearing something that makes you feel like the unique you,” explains Monica, “no matter what any trends are, and being confident in wherever you are and whatever you are doing.”
Read on for how Monica Leigh, her company, and her vision are changing the fashion world.
Why are you so passionate about fashion?
Monica Leigh: Creativity is intrinsic to my being, I love the way design detailing falls around and, on the body, and I love the way special detailing can make you feel. Endless shapes, endless curves, and twisting around the body are an obsession for me. I love to draw on a blank piece of paper…or iPad…drawing with feeling, mood, and details that spark imaginative beauty out of nowhere! It is an artistic expression indicative of lifestyle and personality unaffiliated with pressure on what should be worn.
Who/what inspires you to be your best?
An internal calling, a driving need to see things made with beauty and precision. Nature inspires me, the warmth of sunlight, the unique beauty of the many flowers around us, and the colors of stones and earth; these things inspire me. Loved learned inspires me to flow in and out of curves.
What fashion trends are you seeing now that you want my readers to know about?
- I love a beautiful full leg seriously elegant tailored trouser. This is a powerful look. I see these trending and I love it!
- I see long lean tailored jackets trending. Lean meaning straight, not tight.
- These two silhouettes always partner in such a chic, sophisticated way, timeless.
What gets your creative juices flowing?
Music, from serious hard rock to jazz and classical, journal writing, and looking at historical images of fashion and costume from the beginning of time to the present. The evolution of fashion is outstanding. It’s this evolution that inspires me to think of new ways to design into the fabric we drape around our bodies.
You are a trusted and respected visionary for celebrities, executives, and more. What does this feel like for you?
It’s very cool from the side of excitement and awesomeness to experience in life. In tandem, I am struck with the respect for acceptance; that people enjoy my designs and enjoy wearing Monica Leigh. It keeps me balanced.
What is your definition of success?
The focus on a vision, determination to make progress step by step, measuring the distance traveled along the way, and knowing the process is a journey, reflecting on the beginning and where one is at now; If you have changed from one point to another, in positive ways that change your life and have received back positively in a plethora of ways, this is a success. Sure (I tell myself) finance gained from the notoriety of the collection and other business revenue is successful but is cut off if it is not in stride with a feeling of peace in the way one lives life internally and externally with those around you. I’d like to continue my success this way and in sharing this way in print.
You have been called a true visionary. What does that mean to you?
It means I am genuine in the creativity I put forth. It means that I reach down naturally, searching the pathways in my mind and heart for my vision which is in that obsessive path of twisting lines around the body in the form of clothing utilizing color, texture, and light to create uniqueness. I always tell myself “Wouldn’t it be beautiful if…. a teardrop pleat fell from this natural curve on the body silhouette…or if this vibrant yellow softly fell from this night sky silk like a misty waterfall? Being called a true visionary makes me feel like I am realized for who I naturally am. It is so good.
What is your vision for the future?
I would love for the community to wear what is in their being, their mind’s eye of what they would want to wear. The future is about creativity in self-expression and freedom in self-expression.
The future is the expansion of Monica Leigh SVX, and an eventual collection under the Monica Leigh brand that is cost-effective, more readily attainable, and is made with humanitarian efforts that benefit our quality of life. The future is an internalized freedom reflected in the clothing we wear. Monica Leigh has this understanding at heart.
You are highly regarded for your honesty, integrity, and business acumen – what does this mean to you?
It’s heartening to know it comes through and is recognized. Fashion is tough. It is a rollercoaster ride of high and lows, legitimate business and not…legitimate business. It is hard. That the recognition is there is reassuring that the progress made along the way is supporting more equitable ways to do business and treat people fairly.
What are you looking forward to in the future – personally and professionally?
Professionally I am looking forward to the growth of my brand to allow me to have wider access to the ability in giving back to the community. As the brand grows, I am also looking forward to a more creative time, inputting forth more eclectic design into fashion. Lastly, I’d like to diversify to make social change for the continued global pursuit of quality of life and equality in humanity.
Personally, I look forward to family and watching my family grow. I look forward to writing about my experience and thoughts on what sustainability means for people in places. I like having the opportunity to publish, it would be amazing to publish articles in full-length prose, and the continuing the unending pursuit of knowledge.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Personal connection, I love the vibrancy of personal connection in the randomness of Instagram posts, meeting people, getting to know people, and understanding the spark of creativity in the community that shows in so many ways.
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