Betty Jackson’s Spring/Summer collection seemed to be a resuscitation of the 80’s with wide legged, loose fit trousers and high waisted shorts teamed with chunky wedges and skinny belts. The perennial British classic the trench coat was also seen on the catwalk, but re-worked and re-styled for the new season.
Jackson’s collection had most pieces follow the utilitarian, earthy colour trend being set this season, such as khaki, beige and taupe, however a warm chocolate brown was introduced in many pieces, something that seemed better suited to the Winter months.
As the show went on, Jackson’s collection became stronger and more versatile, with the designer experimenting with different textures and fabrics, including ostrich feather boleros and shoulder detailing on jackets. Indeed, there was silk, tweed, jersey, and feathering in the pieces, making for a unique and interesting collection. The designer made a play for colour later on in the collection, introducing a lime green dress with a flirty, ruffled hem paired with silver wedges. There were also flashes of red, tangerine and acid yellow on display. Outfits were replete with accessories, including oversized necklaces and pearls, which were, a little too brash at times.
The show lacked memorability, except for when a fragile looking model fell in her wedges halfway down the runway (but then bravely proceeded to limp down the catwalk). The collection felt confused, and a little too contrived, pieces didn’t seem to flow into one another, making it lack cohesiveness. The shape and cut of certain pieces were not entirely flattering, if not somewhat frumpy. Despite this however, Jackson’s collection used texture in a way that was innovative and unique, adding a new dimension to Spring/Summer’s love of texture.