Jonathan Saunders Takes it to New Heights for A/W’12

by Katie on February 20, 2012

It wasn’t just the views from the nineteenth floor of the Broadgate Tower venue which were stratospheric, this season Jonathan Saunders soared. A designer at the height of his game, a nonchalant stolen fag before the show hinted at a reassuredly confident Saunders, who has previously admitted to being his own worst critic.
This is Business Boho – strict and slim yet shot through with Saunders’ signature conflicting tones and textiles, both of which are opulent and luxurious.  High-lustre geometrics worn next to heavy slub weaves, subtle quilting, and colour-saturated Andy Warhol screen print-style florals.
Tailoring is tack-sharp. Skinny cigarette pants are paired with princess coats, whilst fitted dresses flare at the hip with precise box pleats. Tulle sheaths shimmer with blossomy embroidery, and the thick plaid knits must’ve leapt straight to the top of many editors’ Christmas lists, along with the block-heeled peep-toe ribbon-tied Louboutins.
The real genius here isn’t Saunders’ eye for colour, or his lavish fabrics, it’s how he marries disparate historical and sartorial influences and creates something which is so totally of the moment and, to my mind, this presentation, with its panoramic vista of the City’s dusky skyline framing Saunders consummate collection, is this week’s defining moment.
Review written by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) for Katie Chutzpah blog (@katiechutzpah)
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