Jonathan Saunders Spring 2012


After a rather strictly tailored Fall 2011, Jonathan Saunders has ushered in spring with an easy full A-line silhouette.  With a sunny vibrant Miami color palette, he has put together a beautifully polished collection that is both practical as it is pretty.   And amid that pretty is a very wanted modernity–something Jonathan clearly understands.  There is something sleekly romantic about what he has put together with the gorgeous prints and bright dreamy color combinations painted across the clean lines.

Jonathan Saunders has always been a master in tailoring; spring is not so much a relaxation of that but rather an evolution to it.  There is a wonderful fluidity to the pieces that blends beautifully with the two-tone waffle knits and ombré’d jacquard textures to great effect.  I love the ease of movement to the pieces and how none of the control to the shape is lost.  Sarah Mower coined it best: “dynamic mobility.”  Because it is so utterly befitting.  His interpretation of Miami Deco pastels is brilliantly lit with a presence that suits both the office and a night out.  Moreover, his interest in negligee details adds a light counterweight to the pencil skirts without being too whimsical.

If anything, this collection just demonstrates that Jonathan Saunders is one to watch.  The reaction of the crow totally reflect my own: ““Floaty but not fussy,” said one woman outside. And another, “You know what? That man just gets it.””  Concept and inspiration are all good and well but can easily get lose an audience.  Moreover, sometimes, a girl can’t help but want to feel pretty without the frills.  And I will certainly credit Jonathan Saunders for snapping me out of my apathetic daze that occurs during London and Milan.  Bravo!

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