Sexy and Sporty Separates from the talented Baartmans & Siegel

by Katie on June 21, 2012

There aren’t many brands who’ll drag me away from my bed at stupid o’clock on Sunday morning. Baartmans & Siegel are one of them. I’ve followed their career trajectory over the last four seasons, from just a rail in the menswear installations at Somerset House to this morning’s full-on static presentation in a venue directly opposite the Hospital club. They needn’t have worried about attracting passing journalists, plenty of people turned out to support two of the nicest designers in the business.
I must confess that I was slightly disappointed by the duo’s catwalk show as part of last season’s Vauxhall Fashion Scout Ones To Watch showcase – not by the collection itself but because Baartmans & Siegel’s clothes demand to be examined up close.
Such is the case with Spring/Summer 2013. The textures. The muted Art Deco palette, inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s stay at the hotel Ambos Mundos in Cuba, and Miami Beach. The faultless construction. The Cuban influence means that this is a sexier collection than we’ve come to expect, it isn’t such a stretch to imagine dancing the habanera in some beachside bar wearing the sequined vest or one of the Broderie Anglaise pieces, such as the astoundingly saucy button-fly trousers.
There is a touch of luxe sport here too, in the fitted jersey trackies, or the coated crocodile shorts. That crocodile also appears as a covetable weekend bag, and a snug, shawl-collared tuxedo jacket.
There are many other reasons for loving this collection. The over-sized silk scarves. The shimmering outerwear. The slight drape in the trousers of a biscuit-coloured double breasted suit. It’s all good, and there aren’t many London labels where you can say that.
Review written by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) for Katie Chutzpah Blog
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