It was truly a global affair at Sass & Bide this season. The show notes declared the collection “Free Town,” in which designer Heidi Middleton imagined a sort of universal borderlands, at which cultural influences meld together in a cohesive unit. “I really wanted this [collection] to not be easily definable,” she told us post-show. “It’s really a tale of many worlds, it was inspiration that had come from many places we visited.” Funny she’d mention that--because we spent part of the show subconsciously trying to identify the cultures that might have influenced each piece. “I don’t want anyone to be able to say it was ‘this’ [place], I want it to be a little bit curious,” she added. How fitting then, that Middleton and label partner Sarah-Jane Clark might return to NYC for the first time in five years to debut this particular collection. This city's very identity in many ways defines "Free Town."
The offering was the mélange Middleton intended. Western silhouettes anchored all manner of ethnic flourishes: beaded gold appliqé’s mimicking rope & tassel ornamentation on frothy gowns, floral embroidery on a cap sleeved vest, embroidered gold ribbon trim on a printed wrap skirt paired with a sheer black blouse. Middleton says they made a point this season to focus on pre-styling, as evidenced by our favorite piece: a silken red geometric printed blazer and pants look boasting a wraparound scarf-print skirt. Definitely a look that would be quite becoming on FROW dweller and fellow Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea.
All in all, this was another fun showing from Sass & Bide. There were a lot of gems that are sure to sell out once they debut in their forthcoming international flagship, to open on Broome street this November.