We are now going to undertake a sweet process moving back to our childhood and recalling the Kaleidoscope, one of our favorite toys, that was continually astonishing us with its geometrical motifs and color clashes gracefully alternating each other. Now let us transfer the Kaleidoscope effects on refined silk, satin or chiffon and you will meet the British fashion brand Jonathan Saunders that year after year is catering to our style needs with its chic and gorgeous colorblock options, simple and sleek cutouts that are at times interrupted by sophisticated raw hemlines and of course eye-popping patterns delved from ancient times or originated by the designer himself. And we are now on pins and needles to see what fresh touches the Jonathan Saunders spring/summer 2016 collection has taken this time.
It is worth mentioning from the very beginning that the fashion house has experienced a few changes this year – new CEO being Rupert Maunsell, new staff and new investor – Eiesha Bharti Pasricha. Getting rid from such concerns, Jonathan could concentrate exclusively on the creative work and intricate tailoring, which he realized excellently and professionally.
The whole Jonathan Saunders spring 2016 collection can easily be interpreted as one gigantic flower with multicolored petals that are being intensively nourished with warm sunrays penetrating through sheer marquee installed in Kings Cross’ Cubit Square. That was really a good idea to parade such a vernal and luminous lineup outdoors in the fresh air under the glowing sun thus enhancing springtime mood and atmosphere.
However it was not springtime that inspired Jonathan to create his mind-blowing collection but multiculturalism that he has adopted this time. “That’s what’s so wonderful about our multi-culture; Indian, African – it’s all here.” Paisley, batik, stripes, botanical motifs, chess-like patters in one place submerged with crimson red, cornflower blue, sunglow yellow, sandy brown, springtime green and persimmon orange make a panorama that will not definitely fade from the attendees’ memories for a long time. What leaves Jonathan proud of himself and us dumbfounded and speechless is the bias-cut techniques gracefully applied on a myriad of slip dresses and sheaths, which are looking even more sophisticated when styled with belts nonchalantly tied from one side at times reaching the hems with their length, sometimes turning into scarves romantically swinging on the models’ sultry necks. Now and then you literally get lost with so many ribbons assembled in one place. The king of colorblock and patterns is very effectively playing with shades combining orange and dirty pink in one place, blue and sandy brown in another, sometimes going further by blending more than two colors in one look.
If the designer adores bias-cut techniques and slits on the bottoms then he highly appreciates the one-sleeve solution while it is about designing the tops. Looking through the runway you will come across many dresses sensually baring the models’ one shoulder. This design is applied both on every day pieces and on cocktail ones that are just thriving to hug your sensual body and make you the queen of any party.
A part of the Jonathan Saunders SS 2016 collection refers to Japan with kimono like dresses, pajama like trousers and obis. Conservative Japan will greet you with a wide smile only if you head there wearing the kimono maxi dress with green floral motifs, the hems coming in pink-blue patters and the obi as a strong proof that you are Japanese culture’s true appraiser.
Photos courtesy of Vogue