"To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it" reads the quote from Margaret Fairless Barber’s The Roadmender on the Basso & Brooke press release. In other words; more of the same please. And that’s exactly what we got from the design duo for S/S ’11, where Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke continued their journey into print.
This season, the masters of digital print have remixed their medium of choice; layering handwritten messages from Da Vinci, Tolstoy and Balzac over their signature imagery including subtle snake prints, maps and antique florals in 70’s Polaroid-inspired shades of faded mustard and cream, injected with scarlet and turquoise to give them edge.
Like last season, where the duo showcased a collection that won them global acclaim, cuts were minimal but generous. Bias-cut skirts were full and short, tops were fitted or draped with clever pleating and trousers were high-waisted, softly pleated and tapered. Silk gazar, georgette, and voile were mixed with hints of tweed and leather, giving bite to the delicate silks.
In a season where print has been almost ubiquitous, Basso & Brooke have stayed ahead of the game by reworking their signature aesthetic whilst remaining true to their roots. If this is, in fact, more of the same from the design duo then we should certainly not be disappointed.
- Alex Butt