Entitled ‘A Modern Romance’, Bernard Chandran showcased his newest Spring / Summer collection at The Old Sorting Office this fashion week.
Music, supplied by Mr Hudson, was a sonic pounding backdrop, a sharp contrast to the soft feminine collection paraded down the catwalk.
The silhouettes of the collection were inspired by traditional Malay wear, with fabrics including silk organza and Lurex silk. Dresses came down the runway with grey and gold linear prints influenced by natural plant roots and plant fibre motifs, all of which shimmered in the light.
The collection screamed romanticism with transparent fabrics draped into shape aided further with a floor length voluminous dress with a split seam along the side, giving an air of sensuality around the collection.
The collection contrasted it’s romantic nature with the idea of power dressing. Some pieces used floating shoulders and pockets to give the garments a sense of power. Metallic beading also adorned other pieces, aiding the contrast, evident in a sheer coral dress with embellished lapels, along with a metallic-chain mail detailing on other pieces.
Focus was also on contrasting colours on outfits, showcased on a graceful jumpsuit, that with many different fabrics piecing it together, felt like a display of wearable patchwork.
The collection before us showcased a decorative array of romantic and feminine garments for the confident, sensual, modernised power woman.
– David Mahoney