Shown at a super-slick space at Paddington Central, lit with rows of neon tube lights, I was expecting stark minimalism at the Jonathan Saunders show. Instead, the designer gave us a vision of vaguely 50s cuts in a thoroughly modern color, with ombré thrown in.
Miami-inspired palettes were popular this season (Henry Holland mined the colors, too), and the color combination was also the starting point for Jonathan Saunders' gorgeous collection. Vaguely paisley-esque patterns boldly covered ladylike knee-length dresses. For the most part, the pieces were all modest and buttoned up, but it never read as frumpy, which is no mean feat.
Jackets, shirts, and dresses, despite being uber-colorful, read as slick, not dowdy, despite the occasional hourglass silhouette and circle skirt.
All in all, a lovely collection that referenced the past without losing it's modernity.
**All photos via Imaxtree