For Spring/Summer 2014, Jonathan Saunders’ 1970s throwback collection pierces the London fog like a ray of sunshine.
Saunders’ 1970s groupie girl is outfitted at the start in a multi-colored suede jacket, sheer floral-printed blouse, and silk shorts – the latter two pieces entirely 21st century, but taken to the past by the topper. Rounded glasses and flat sandals lend the collection a festival vibe. Saunders reinvests that festival mood into the beauty look, which was bare-faced and shaggy-haired. Hawaiian-printed, micro-mini dresses and slip dresses are an easy choice for summer, bringing a liveliness to this now-trending look. Flower-embroidered silk bomber jackets are sharp toppers that will appeal to the street style set, and silky shorts would look fantastic with either a tailored jacket or a boho blouse. Saunders’ carefree hippie vibe continues to reverberate throughout the presentation. There’s a sunset ombré cardigan, a trio of peasant-sleeved frocks, and gauzy tiered skirts. The palette is what really pushes this collection over the top, with clothes the color of a painted desert sky – like the one you might see over Burning Man at dusk. His blend of curving silk panels in contrasting colors, embroidered flowers, and tiger-lily prints keeps mix-and-match options on the table. In the vacuum of the runway, this is regarded as a youth-oriented collection with a festival bend, but what modern-day hippie girl is going to dry clean all that silk? There are enough takeaway separates, like the fashion-forward bomber jackets, to make this collection ideally suitable for every age group – with a little creative styling.
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