Geometric Haven Part One

Geometric Haven Part One

Upon seeing British Vogue's September issue cover with Karlie Kloss wearing a Jonathan Saunders A/W 12 trousers, I've now been kickstarted into the right frame of mind whereby I've got absolutely every intention of clashing as many geometric patterns into one outfit as I possibly can.  Saunders' pitch perfect collection will be a a major part of that equation hopefully but there are parts to this post so the geometric game will be prolonged over the next few months, with the hopeful end result being an assault to your eyes – me wearing the outfit equivalent of a a geometric rubix cube.  

In the context of the calendar last season, Jonathan Saunders' collection was the one that jolted geometric mix n' matching into real prominence for A/W 12-3.  You can guess what part two is going to consist of given what then happened at Prada and Miu Miu.  Awkward ugly-chic may be Miuccia's familiar territory but Saunders' collection was an ever-more assured refinement of his print pairing/judging skills that resulted in a weird cheeky play on buttoned-up prim equestrian-tinged outfitting.  Saunders' women over the past few seasons have undergone various guises of being well-to-do on the surface with his prints and colour combinations revealing an underbelly to these manifestations of sartorial correctness.  Here embossed lilac and blue double breasted coats sit alongside burgandy and acid green silk and buttoned up, wide-collared shirts in red and browns.  It's those subtle observation of looking a bit "off" that for me really makes this collection sing.  Melange wools in black and maroon resembling TV static patterns ground the collection and are the antithesis to the zanier appearances of acid green and orange triangular patterned silks.  Saunders' knitwear continues to be a cornerstone of his collection with checked roll-necks and a stripy sporty v-neck pegged to be bestsellers.  The dainty Japanese-inspired florals sprinkled towards the end of the collection add a touch of lightness to this female equestrian, who Saunders had conjured up.  

The final flourish of completing this prim n' erect total look came courtesy of a touch of kink from Fleet Ilya, one of my favourite collaborations of the season.  The two were familiar with each other's work and Saunders felt Ilya's saddle work was relevant for the collection as Ilya had already introduced a core collection of visors beforehand.  ""It added a toughness to my "uptown" girl – horsey, sophisticated and slightly kinky – what more could you want!" says Saunders.  The collaboration of three visors and two wavy belts will be available on Fleet Ilya's site.


























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  1. Carina

    2012-08-22 at 3:10 PM

    Love the shapes and all of the textures! Gorgeous collection

  2. mariposa

    2012-08-22 at 3:23 PM

    I love the jacket! great textiles and materials .. perfect for the winter!
    xoxo from germany

  3. Tara

    2012-08-22 at 3:46 PM

    The silhouettes are so feminine and evidently taken from past eras – I can see elements of ladies tennis-wear from the ’30s as well as sophisticated casual-wear from the ’60s. But the addition of quilted textures and bright geometric patterns, bring these unique pieces really up to date.
    Best Wishes,

  4. Serdane

    2012-08-22 at 3:48 PM

    Nice work indeed on the prints. I live this long green coat. So amaziiiing.

  5. Miss Coco

    2012-08-22 at 3:58 PM

    I love jacket!!

  6. Aela

    2012-08-22 at 3:59 PM

    Your take on this was superb! Brilliantly written article. I am loving the collection that you’ve shared *sighs* if only we can all wear fashionable clothes like these daily! lol

  7. Katy

    2012-08-22 at 4:00 PM

    Lovely embroidery mix with fun patterns! I totally see you in one of those outfits. xo

  8. lamakpoq

    2012-08-22 at 4:00 PM

    Take and Look This :

  9. ttea

    2012-08-22 at 4:55 PM

    Geometric prints are definitely on the rise. Personally I’ve haven’t experimented that much with geometrics, but this might be a good time to try. I really like the skirts and sweaters from this collection, I’ve never seen geometrics done in such a classic way.

  10. Tian

    2012-08-22 at 4:56 PM

    This is one of my favourite collections! All te elements are balanced together so perfectly.

  11. Elisa Eymery

    2012-08-22 at 4:59 PM

    Wow! I’ve never seen so many great prints in one collection! Everything is so wearable yet fresh and cool. Beautiful.
    Wandering Minds fashion

  12. Christina

    2012-08-22 at 6:35 PM

    oh wow, seriously loving how the texture gets repeated as a pattern on the visor
    the visors make me think about Chinese grandmas and solar visors though, just an added plus.

  13. Hanna Ek

    2012-08-22 at 11:19 PM

    Great blog!

  14. Raphaëlle

    2012-08-23 at 8:26 AM

    The textures are amazing.

  15. Alex

    2012-08-23 at 10:40 AM

    What an amazing show!Wonderful collection!Thanks for sharing!

  16. Eleanor

    2012-08-23 at 4:34 PM

    I like the mixture of geometric prints. However, many geometric prints in one outfit seems not easy for carrying by real people, agree?

  17. Runway Exchange

    2012-08-24 at 11:59 AM

    awesome use of geometric prints, give different look, like it

  18. jessbuurman

    2012-08-29 at 5:45 AM

    Such a nice dress and pullover. Choice of color is awesome. It look great while some wear all these clothes.

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