Fleet Ilya is my biggest obsession right now. A label you might recognise from countless fashion editorials, Fleet Ilya turns heads. Husband and wife, designer and creative partner Ilya Fleet and Resha Sharma are known for their amazing pieces made from smooth saddlery leather with brass or silver hardware. Their designs for spring 2012 are beautifully crafted and perhaps represent the most wearable collection from the brand. Bags, harnesses and belts in extraordinarily unique and aesthetically pleasing shapes are created using a palette of soft blue and beige, fiery red and basic black.
The body harnesses from Fleet Ilya are my favourites. Both their thin hip harness and the red leather/PVC triangle harness (picture, top) are styles I am dying to wear over simple dresses and tees*. The red version is quite special for a style such as this and I like that there are several adjustable straps, allowing you to fit it to your shape. The simplicity of these two harness designs also make them very appealing to me.
Above, Fleet Ilya featured in (left to right) Vogue Spain, Harpers Bazaar HK and Numero.
Fleet Ilya’s signature is restraint wear, however the collection overall ranges from the demure to the bold, with pieces for everyone from those with an eye for well crafted leather designs to the fetish fashionista through to the highly adventurous. Sharma, a Central Saint Martins Graphic Design graduate, has applied her knowledge of fashion and art direction to blur the line between leather bondage and fashion accessories.
I’m interested – would you wear, Blog Reader? Which styles appeal to you?
*Having said that, this I feel would have the most impact.