Sarah- Jayne Clarke and Heidi Middleton unleashed their stunning “Papa Sucre” collection today at the Royal Opera Hall, Covent Garden, and I, was lucky enough to be sat in the second row, directly opposite Jamelia and Jodie Harsh (incredibly smug right now).

In an intimate setting, on a circular catwalk, models took to the runway adorned in metallic dresses in silver, charcoal and icy- blue, with heavily embellished shoulders. A recurring piece in the collection was an oversized, ruffled collar made from raffia, the Aussie designers’ material of choice, and reappeared in the form of jackets, skirts and wraps.

The collection continued with a number of elegant, yet modern digital print silk dresses with cross-over back straps, in an earthy palette of copper, khaki, watermelon and cream. The shape and cut of the garments were simultaneously draped and gathered, ruched and folded, paired with the fiercest of accessories, in the form of oversized metal neck pieces, studded belts, straps and shiny metallic waist cinching belts. The pieces were a clash of creamy silks and hardened metals, again, serving to emphasise the contrast in nature’s elements.

The collection was modern and edgy, innovative and cool; the Sass and Bide girl was a fashion warrior, strong and fierce. This was a clear departure from the cutesy “pretty” direction designers tend to take for their spring/summer collections, and we couldn’t love it more.

By Emily Cater

Sass & Bide Show details:

Location: The Royal Opera House

What we drank- evian water

Front-row celebs- Jamelia, Jodie Harsh, Michelle Williams, Danny Cipriani