Against the bare open office space in which it was shown Jonathan Saunders A/W’11 collection was a riot of colour, print and vivacity. The silhouette’s were simple some even said prim, what was interesting about them was the colours, textures and prints. Far from being boring the looks were bold and incredibly seductive.

To start Saunders sent models out in black dresses teasing the audience with accents of colour barely visible beneath the dark outer-garments. He quickly changed tack in an explosion of colour and texture, sophisticated black dresses with glittering panels of sequins, textured blazers, digital prints and clashing bright colour combinations.

The model strut emphasised thigh revealing slits which vamped up otherwise modest dresses. The overall aesthetic was incredibly effective; that oh-so grown-up glamour of a cinched in waist and a brief flash of leg.

The designer was showing menswear for the first time and the bright colours and prints of the womenswear line continued in these looks. One strong menswear outfit featured a red and white printed jumper, over which sat a green and blue cardigan in the same print. Saunders balanced the look with an over-sized cream blazer.

What was striking about the collection was that the pieces were so artfully constructed and show-worthy but also very wearable for everyday life. Another home-run for Jonathan Saunders.

By Katie Randall