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?