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Review – Basso & Brooke at LFW

The Basso and Brooke show was on last thing on Friday evening (6pm) in the seriously impressive surrounds of Goldsmith’s Hall. For some reason, I had been seated in the front row (or FROW, as the fash pack calls it), …

Sat, Feb 18, 2012, 21:59

   

The Basso and Brooke show was on last thing on Friday evening (6pm) in the seriously impressive surrounds of Goldsmith’s Hall. For some reason, I had been seated in the front row (or FROW, as the fash pack calls it), so I got a brilliant view of the audience – including Alexandra Burke – and the clothes, which were seriously beautiful.

If you thought pyjama dressing and patterns were the reserve of S/S 2012, you’d be wrong – it looks as if these are two trends that are going nowhere. There’s a lot to be said for the recession in terms of the use of bright, ostentatious patterns and showy colours; there’s a fashion logic that says that we are braver in our choices as a response to being cowed in financial and economic terms.

As you can see, the show was a riot of colour and print – and it was mesmerising. Where Antoni & Alison’s prints and patterns grew tiresome halfway through, with Basso and Brooke I was excited about every single look, not to mention the fact that Tabea Weyrauch, Donegal’s own, was in the line-up yet again!

And did I mention the accessories? Cambridge Satchel Company satchels tucked under arms in either a polka dot print or white leather, and architectural, gravity-defying shoes by Finsk. Seriously lustworthy – and really nice to see brands collaborating with other, perhaps lesser-known brands. (Although, in the case of Cambridge Satchel Company, it may just be Basso and Brooke hopping on a very trendy bandwagon.)

It was a really smashing end to day one, and Basso and Brooke’s beautiful silk patterns are something that I can definitely see Zara picking up for A/W. Here’s hoping!