It must always be a worry for a fashion designer to be allocated the Sunday 9am slot in London Fashion Week’s hectic schedule. British-Brazilian duo Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke didn’t let this tiny detail come in the way of their spring/summer 2011 collection.
I was lucky to secure a seat in the front row and get a full view of the famous faces clearly not put off by the early start. Spotted were milliner extraordinaire Stephen Jones sporting a rather fabulous black flat cap covered in red crystals and gorgeous It girl Amber Rose (aka Kanye West’s ex-lover) in top-to-toe Basso & Brooke.
Once I managed to get over my girl crush, I became overwhelmed by the stunning silky floaty dresses and jumpsuits. The masters of the digital print technique managed to stay ahead of the pack by completely revisiting their signature look while remaining true to their roots which on paper could not have been an easy task.
The designers showed their most wearable collection to date with ‘clean, classic lines with a hint of late ’60s and early ’70s style modernism’. The neo-futuristic fluorescent prints from last season gave way to softer silhouettes, earthy tones and a dusty pastel palette, and geometric shapes were replaced with more ‘vintage’ prints with handwritten notes by Da Vinci, Tolstoy and Balzac.
I am firmly hanging onto my digitally printed invitation which is bound to become a collector’s item!
Photos by Artee-Lynne Mamawag