One of London Fashion Week’s big stories for Spring/Summer 2016 is color. Collections have been particularly radiant and rainbow-hued, and for a brand whose signature is unexpected color pairings, all eyes were on Jonathan Saunders to see how he interpreted what is shaping up to be a big trend for the season. True to form, Saunders’ Asian-inspired line-up of clothes for Spring/Summer 2016 painted a vivid picture inside the sun-soaked, mirrored greenhouse venue at King’s Cross. Out they came in shades of cherry red, robin’s egg blue, taupe, and violet in either solid color-blocked layers, checkerboard prints, haphazard stripes, and Saunders’ trademark paisley.
Beyond the dizzying arrangement of color and pattern lay a well-tailored collection of clothes that evoked a carefree but sophisticated spirit. The cut of hems and necklines often mirrored the diagonal placement of patterns, which were further elevated by one-shoulder sleeves. An Asian theme became apparent when a suede kimono jacket trimmed with red ribbon stole the spotlight. Kimono dresses and brocade paisleys also played to the “Neo-Oriental” theme. Additionally, the collection showcased gauzy printed skirts, column gowns, and high-waisted, loose-fitting trousers. With so many well-articulated and vibrant looks to choose from, it became clear that Saunders’ more experimental — and far less wearable — efforts of the past have finally filtered out of his system.
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