Saint Hill & Britta Von Basedow
For my second show I went to an ‘off schedule' couture production by Saint Hill & Von Basedow.
It was all about asymmetric shapes. Huge folds, drapes and tucks created meringue like peaks in the skirts and bodices shown in a variety of colours; hot pink, accented with jewelled yellow and pale mint green complimented by powder blue.
Unusually the duo decided to opt for a modern up date of the duchess look, with short, thigh skimming versions. So the volume was intense and striking. Evidently strong pattern cutters, most of the garments looked like they had developed on the stand, as the shapes were vast, yet well thought out and executed. Bodice styles varied from strapless to the current, trendy, one shoulder silhouette.
The collection definitely had a ‘Period' feel, as the dresses were complimented by tailored Capri pants and cropped sleeve jackets that were reminiscent of the ‘18th Century'.
With each music change, the collection developed and reformed and although silhouettes were uniformed throughout, each piece was unique. Block colours developed into print, with the colours being combined to create a floral print that referenced stately home decor in its style.
The final stage of the show concentrated on glitz and glam with dresses decorated with intricate beading detail. This was worked in to pleats, folds and carefully moulded bodices.
Like with all good couture shows the final piece was the ‘wedding dress' which was met with great applause; and with that I fled Paris, to return to gloomy but creative London, Au Revoir!
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