Belle Sauvage takes it to extremes for S/S’12

by Katie on December 6, 2011

Despite hailing from Argentina and Luxembourg, Virginia Ferreira and Christian Neuman’s Belle Sauvage is a quintessentially London concern. The clubby aesthetic with a thundering techno soundtrack courtesy of Plankton Waves, the strong silhouettes, the exuberant pairings of psychedelic prints with severe leather and gauzy transparent fabrics such as lace and chiffon. Belle Sauvage like to take it to extremes, an uncompromising attitude which has garnered them a strong foothold in the Asian market, and a celebrity fan base which includes Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Fergie from Black Eyed Peas.

Belle Sauvage have taken silent movie stars from the Twenties as the initial inspiration for their Spring/Summer 2012 collection and like other London designers, such as Bora Aksu and Bernard Chandran, have dragged their historical references kicking and screaming into the digital age.

The severe tailoring includes futuristic fins which dart down the sides of skirts and trousers and point aggressively from shoulders, whilst this season’s prints seem more inspired by Diana Vreeland’s “Garden in Hell” than nascent Hollywood. These prints are sliced, diced, draped and pleated within an inch of their lives, modishly pushing at the boundaries of taste, saved mainly thanks to the designers’ dexterity with colour and form. Subtle embroidery, sweetheart necklines, and ladylike peplums all help to temper what is a decidedly avant garde selection.

This is a very London collection from an international design team which shows a refreshing lack of creative boundaries. Big in Japan they may be, but Belle Sauvage also know how to wow the global fashion capital.

Article written by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) for Katie Chutzpah blog.

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