Jonathan Saunders, the man with a show request list longer than your right arm, and since winning the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund Award; you can imagine that the list this season was even longer.
This season Saunders decided to keep it solemn, he wanted his collection to be taken seriously. It was obvious from the opening look, which featured this remarkable harlequin printed coat that Saunders has decided to take his design skills to the next level. It was an exceptionally colourful collection featuring a substantial amount of prints. Green slim fitting trousers were paired together with contrasting orange shirts, but instead of looking playful and soft, which we would have expected from a Saunders collection, it looked powerful and strong.
Striped cashmere v-neck sweaters were paired together with visors paying homage to the original roots of the Saunders empire, oversized quilted coats, in an array of colours, came floating down the catwalk and it was obvious that these coats are clearly going to be the must have item for autumn/winter 2012. While the aforementioned harlequin printing was not only reserved for outerwear, as the show developed, it was transferred onto trousers and dresses too.
Floral prints are also prominent this season, as we see lily pad printing emerging throughout the collection. It added a touch of romanticism to the clothes. While Saunders’ array of cocktail dresses was simply sensational. One, which particularly caught my eye, was a dress featuring a sheer tulle bust decorated with red and white floral embroidery.
Overall an exceptionally wearable collection from Saunders, and after a sell-out collection last season, I am sure that this season we can expect big things from this talented, groundbreaking and thought provoking designer.