Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Sass & Bide S/S 2012

Sass & Bide is a label that doesn’t get that much airplay in Ireland for anything but its jeans, which were the skinnies to be seen in, when skinnies first came into fashion. Of course, now we’re all about Hello! …

Fri, Sep 16, 2011, 19:36

   

Sass & Bide is a label that doesn’t get that much airplay in Ireland for anything but its jeans, which were the skinnies to be seen in, when skinnies first came into fashion. Of course, now we’re all about Hello! Skinny Jeans and Beg, Borrow or Steal, but that doesn’t mean the Aussie label has been forgotten – au contraire, designers Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton have been concentrating on producing a collection of sheer delights in beautiful neon-accented tones, with amazing sequined accents. As I told my show-mate Gillian Brett earlier on, these are clothes I’d consider giving up the high street for.

And it was a star-studded show, with Palmona Faith and Peaches Geldof in attendance – not only that but the audience was the best dressed I’ve seen in terms of colour, texture and that ubiquitous silver hair that we can only blame Bleach for. From a rather subdued beginning, with the audience only realising the show had started when the first model began to move among them, it was clear, early on, that this show was going to be something special.

There were echoes of Proenza Schouler in the colours, but really this was all Sass & Bide’s own creation: drama, relaxed insouciance, neon accents at every step and sequins to beat the band. Models were eastern in influence, with severe contouring giving dramatic cheekbones and tiny cornrows at the back of each of their heads*. In short, this is the kind of thing fashion is about; it was young, it was fresh, it was interesting and, above all else, it was exciting. More, sir, more!

My favourite pieces are below, but check the Facebook page for 115 pics from the show – and the full front row lowdown!

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