For the second consecutive season, print wasn’t on the menu at Jonathan Saunder’s show. Instead colour, texture, and sex appeal were the main ingredients of this knockout collection.
Waists were whittled, busts were revealed and skin — everywhere. The full skirts and A-line cocktail dresses still managed to pack a subversive punch on the classic '50s silhouette. A moss-green wool dress was embellished with PVC embroidery and a mustard-yellow blazer was teamed with a jet-black vinyl skirt and skinny belt. The results resembled a look one of Hitchcock’s favourite leading ladies, Tippi Hedren, might have worn had she switched to the dark side.
The contrast between the '50s tailoring and BDSM accents pervaded the show, culminating in a fantastically wicked white PVC hourglass dress. The dress was striking in its sheer elegance and simplicity, as well as its wipe-on-wipe-off capabilities.
At the end of the show, as the crowds gathered to exit the marble-encrusted Royal Exchange palace, we overheard 21st-century pin-up, Daisy Lowe, waxing lyrical about a particular green lace frock. We predict that exact conversation will be reiterated among stylish women the world over. Long may it last.