Today at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Royal Festival hall (the building once described by Prince Charles as a“monstrous carbuncle”), Jonathan Saunders showed his S/S '11 collection. The neutral, modernist architecture was the perfect backdrop for Saunder’s punchy, zingy colours and prints.
The show opened with a section of crisp cottons; boyish shirts and girly full skirts, streaked with flashes of tangerine, high waisted pencil skirts worn with a floral bustier or halterneck top. Then things softened up a touch, as starchy cotton was swapped for floaty chiffon…our favourite was a swishy, orange full skirted dress in a paint-splash print. Those who are colour averse can also get in on the action as Saunders thoughtfully offered all styles in shades of mushroom and manilla too, while for evening he stuck to a monochrome palette. But it’s colour and print that Jonathan Saunders is known for and for good reason, it’s no mean feat to make tangerine look grown up and elegant, but if this collection is anything to go by, the future is orange!
- Siobhan Mallen