Runway Report: Jonathan Saunders SS16

Jonathan Saunders’ collection for spring/summer 2016 felt beautifully organised; yes, his signature mix of influences, fabrics and vivid pops of colour were all there, yet simplicity flowed through.

Perhaps it was the bias cut dresses – coming in clean blocky panels but dancing their way around the body in only a way that the most technical cuts do. Or, the continuity in accessories… Notably a thin, long-line silk scarf paired with anything from tops with spaghetti straps to peeking out from under tunics. Then there were the ribbon-like belts, slung nonchalantly around the hips, cementing this effortless multicultural style journey.

Saunders took inspiration from across the globe, there were pastel kimono-like dressing gown shapes, cinched at the waist that will be a sure retail winner come the summer. Later, we saw a vivid paisley and repeat prints that felt Arabic and in warmer hues. The silhouette was overarchingly fluid, layers were created by mismatching lengths, tonal colour combinations and fun fringing saved only for the odd panel. The conclusion is an entirely wearable collection, yet with unexpected and technical details that Saunders’ many admirers will surely relish.

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