LCM: Reviewing Jonathan Saunders AW14
Despite the vast concrete space, the richness of Jonathan Saunders AW14 presentation consumed the room and drew the army of press towards the zealous patterns. Models perched on amplifiers; their hair parted and slicked liked rockers, while brightly coloured electrical cables lay strewn at their feet. As the designer wandered openly through the crowd, we were able to hear his excitement for his inspiration, “Balletic Pikeys.”
1980’s sports silhouettes, such as the bomber jacket, the tracksuit, and the racing jacket were transformed elegantly using silk and fine knits, styled with brogues. Patchwork floral bomber jackets were combined with plumb trousers. Chunky knitted khaki scarves over leather jackets were worn with vibrant red trousers. Red and white Harlequin knitted shirts paired with deep gold tracksuit bottoms. The combinations sound disastrous, yet Saunders possesses an almost innate ability to work with color and patterns to create a vibrant, smart, and casual look.
The color pallet featured hot pink, maroon, khaki, vibrant red, and metallic blue and was combined with bold linear patterns. Knitted pieces featured harlequin checks, stripes, and polka dots and drew attention to the recent collaboration with Scottish knitwear brand Lyle and Scott. Even the soles of the shoes bled bright in primary colors. Despite these bold colors, Sanders’ subtle placement enabled the design to transcend the disposable 1980’s influence and sit comfortably in the luxury feel his brand is known for.
More: See our backstage coverage on the presentation here.
Images courtesy of Jonathan Saunders.