Sass & Bide’s Confident Stride Forward Wows for S/S’13
On a day where shows either overstated their importance or underplayed their signature strengths, it was quite something else to trip across a label that had made confident strides in their approach.
From the off, Sass & Bide wowed. Sarah-Jane Clarke & Heidi Middleton’s jeans label has grown and my, how she has developed. Sass & Bide may well just have just taken over the role that Temperley used to fill* (*now it’s gone uber expensive and all Hollywood red carpet dressing on us) in the choice de jour of West London laid back, sophis’ rock-chic, with its ‘Loveshady’ S/S’13 show that rolled out raunchy confident pieces again and again. The celeb front rowers (including Poppy Delavigne, Twiggy, Lara Bohinc, Willa Keswick, Leah Wood, Jasmine Guinness and Francesca Versace) loved it. And so did I. Now these were clothes I wanted to wear and NOW please.
The LoveShady collection was termed as showing ‘an ethereal union of gender; a romantic journey where every masculine notion finds counterbalance and softness in femininity.’ What it actually was, was a collection of sharp, sassy, black & white themed separates that showed wit, humour, sexiness and grown up understanding of their core audience that will have them gasping for more.
Silhouettes were lean ranging from short mini shifts in sheer and white muted iridescent sequins to Tom Ford’esque (in his Gucci days) halter dresses with double side splits in purest white with gold belt jewellery accents that slinked to a groove of their own. Gold or white camellia jewellery lariat ties and brooches caught at the throat only served to emphasise the femininity while adding a ‘harder than thou’ touch. The sequin shoulder will be rocked by the discerning who opt for purposeful out-there bling.
The mini was key, but trailing ethereal chiffon or silks or worn as downy feathers teamed with soft wool sweaters with sequin detailing, this look could even be swung for daywear – if you hung out in all the right places. Silver seed beaded sheath gowns and long bootleg pants were paired with backless tailored jackets all slung with narrow silver belts. The deep slash jacket or dress was apparent (a key trend for S/S’13) but Sass & Bide made this their own – a statement structure rather than just for ‘oh la’ effect.
Flashes of typically Sass & Bide dayglo orange appeared in sequin ‘Chanel’ style edge to edge jackets and shift dresses. This was the only deviation in the monochrome palette.
Low slung pants were plentiful, whether plain, slashed, sheer or with silver jewelled accents on their sides. Sexy as. Jackets appeared with sharper, severer shoulders but never scared – this was feminine sharpness in droves. Clever cutting paired with feminine wiles.
This show has shown the vision of this design duo and taken Sass & Bide to another level and a whole new stratosphere. Welcome to Heaven, girls.