The Clothes: Jonathan Saunders, who picked up the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund award this past year, set the stakes high when he chose one of London's most famous art institutions--the Tate Modern--as the venue to show his spring 2013 collection. You kinda have to deliver if you decide to show at such a fancy big name venue and Saunders did.
He took a lot of elements of the '70s and disco--iridescent oily metallics, heaps of sequins and paillettes--and somehow made them modern and restrained. The first look paired a shimmering metallic A-line skirt with a simple nude bodysuit top. Color-blocked sequined dresses fit loose and straight through the waist and flared just slightly at the calf. Stripes--the trend of the season--were everywhere throughout Saunders's collection: There were shimmering horizontal stripes on crop tops and chevron stripes on skirts and dresses. Suiting was a bit oversized and one fantastic pants suit came in bold red--all Bianca Jagger swagger.
The trick of the collection was that there were two sides to almost every piece that came down the runway: That great cherry red suit was maroon from behind.
Lastly Katie Grand deserves a special shout out for her styling--those oversized bug-eye sunglasses worn pushed down on models' noses, the hair, the shade of lipstick, it all worked so well.
The Hair & Makeup: Hair was down and parted way over to one side and lips were done in a glossy dark berry.
The Soundtrack: "Strange" by '70s punk band Wire, followed by an awesome remix of "Spring" from Vivialdi's Four Seasons done by Max Richter. The contrast between the two songs was just awesome.
The Vibe: One of the coolest venues I've been to for a fashion show. Walking down the dimly lit, smoke-filled, hallway on that long concrete slope towards the runway amped up excitement for the show.
The Front Row: Tallulah Harlech, Olivia Palermo, Pixie Geldof, Poppy Delavigne
Celebrity We'd Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Alexa Chung, Sofia Coppola
WTF Moment: Erm, did we mention the show was at the Tate Modern?