This arresting collection proved that Jonathan Saunders can evolve his look beyond the graphic prints that have become his calling card in recent seasons.

The designer tapped into a more seductive vein with styles that nodded to the Seventies while steering clear of pastiche. Models slinked down the runway in swingy dresses with slashed necklines, done in color-blocked, jewel-toned silks, metallic leather chevron stripes or dense sequins in jade green or deep blue.

The prints were still there, but more subtle this time around, as in silk water droplets appliquéd onto a black chiffon slipdress, and a similar motif in ombré shades of blue on a silk T-shirt and trouser combo.

Meanwhile, sleek pantsuits worn with chiffon and silk triangle bras, along with the models’ glossy purple lips and mussed-up hair, added to the slightly subversive Seventies feel.

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