The Show: Basso and Brooke – Day 1, 6pm
The Venue: My Beautiful Fashion venue, St Pauls
Front Row: Alexandra Burke (Okdotcom) and Jodie Harsh
Bumped into: Everyone!
Basso & Brooke are real veterans of London Fashion Week now and their shows are always so well executed. They manage to draw a big excitable crowd every season despite this being their 13th season and have never let things get boring.
What I like about Basso & Brooke is how wearable their collections are, their show is less of a ‘show’ and more of a ‘showcase’ there is no drama, no avant garde, no crazy thrown in just to create a buzz. They have a trademark style that is recognisable around the world and have no need to digress from that.
Despite knowing what to expect, knowing that I will see a print-tastic collection of clashing patterns, knowing that I will see impeccable tailoring and flattering cuts… every season I still come out of the Basso & Brooke show and say ‘Wow!’
This season the pyjama style suits seemed to be made of an even more luxurious silk and the jackets seemed to be even more amazingly cut. The signature psychadelic prints were accompianed by giant polkadots, houndstooth and stripe panels and shapes this season were loose and oversized.
Voluminous silk palazzo pants, oversized baggy maxi dresses with pockets in, batwing style sleeves on gorgeous silk gowns and structural tees ans sweaters all featured heavily along with dark purple lips and loose hair.
While in the real world wearing all of the pieces together might be too much for most eyes to handle, what is great about the collection is that it features lots of key seperates and you can imagine some of the bright printed tees looking fabulous teamed with jeans and a great pair of heels, or similarly those amazing monochrome houndstooth trousers with a plain knit and classic blazer would look effortlessly chic.
What really caught my eye this season was the accessories, long socks and wooden wedge clogs, pastel leather gloves and wait for it… Cambridge Satchels clutched fashionably under each arm! Yes the designer duo have collaborated with the popular bag company to create a Basso & Brooke range… I can forseea stampede of fashionable souls clambering to get their hands on these come Autumn.
I now feel absolutely certain that I must own something from this wonderful brand this season so that I too can tuck my own Cambridge Satchel under my arm and channel some of that effortless glamour Basso & Brooke do so well.