Friday, February 17, 2012

LFW Part III: Belle Sauvage







As the temperatures slowly creep upwards here in Glasgow, so we find ourselves witnessing effusive blossoming and, with that, the colour it brings. On such a botanic note I'd say it's therefore time to look at more LFW stuff in preparation for the warmer months and to this effect Belle Sauvage's SS12 collection, with its colourful floral echoes, could hardly be more fitting. 
I'm going to stop right here and tell you straight out: Belle Sauvage was by far and wide my most favouritest of favourite of all the LFW shows I saw: it was fresh, it was colourful, it was beautiful.
The show was held at the Old Sorting Office - a large, somber sort of place which afforded a nice contrast to the outfits which emerged beneath the hundreds of flickering light-bulbs suspended above the runway. Obviously the bright prints were the initial show-stoppers, but when you start to look at the garments' constructions you also realise that Belle Sauvage's forte lies in finding the perfect balance between the structured and the flowing. In the same way that the prints were balanced out by the use of block-colours, silks playfully battled it out with leather: in short, it's about playing with contrasts, but subtle ones - easier said than done.


Ginger
photo by Theo Clark

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