This polished and glamorous collection was a departure from the label’s often wild – and borderline camp – creations. Designed by Sid Bryan, Cozette McCreery and the late Joe Bates, who died over the summer, the collection took its cues from the luscious femininity of screen stars such as Monica Vitti, Silvana Mangano and Brigitte Bardot.
Knitted slipdresses, tops and tiered capes in macaroon pastels – some with gold leopard patterns or trim – all lit up the catwalk. Macramé had its moment, too, in the form of a backless dress with plastic panels, as did sequins, which were shaped into lilacs dotted on dresses. Although the plastic skirts and shorts were tricky – imagine them in the heat of the French Riviera – they were a minor misstep in this rich, sensual collection.