LFW: Sass & Bide Spring/Summer 2011

Unlike many other younger design teams this season, the Sass & Bide duo, Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton, decided not to change their direction or focus. That pretty futurism that the label is known best for was still on offer, with abstract leggings, fringe tops, embellishment and metallics. The looks were infused with their usual blend of futuristic charm, evoked through the use of metals and sculptural frills. A puffy fringe collar adorned some of the models necks, perhaps inspired by a Shakespearian idea, but by being crafted out of jelly-like fingers of fringe, it was made modern and fresh.

Metals were to create a loose bodice on some slinky t-shirts, which were added together with embellishment and feathers for an armour-style look, again reiterating the label’s space age design mark. Pirate boots and printed harem trousers made some looks slouchy and casual, while figure hugging dresses were splashed with abstract paint splashes in black and white, as well as a few touches of coral, a blush of pink, and a flirtation with a light military khaki, as well as some gold lamé fabric.

The collection was sharp, together and focused, with the typical Sass & Bide touch. It was refreshing to see the duo mix up their skills to include some jackets and tailored pieces, but their signature leggings and dresses gave the collection an unbreakable foundation. The added thrill came with the adorned frills and feathers, a subtle but experimental move that gave the collection a little zest.

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