Jonathan Saunders Spring 2013

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Credit: Vogue.com

Although Jonathan Saunders is not quite as avant garde as some of his fellow British contemporaries (or Scottish as it were), there is a certain je ne sais quoi about his collections. His pieces are deliciously covetable.  Perhaps, in the face of the generally wildly wacky British style that tends to characterize London Fashion Week, I find Saunders’ clean silhouette and unusual color highly attractive.  He has a remarkable attention for detail, utilizing his print expertise to craft pieces that are striking and, yet, entirely accessible.  Normally, accessibility is not exactly the quality I am drawn to during these shows; however, Jonathan Saunders manages to remain practical without losing his flare for high impact drama.  He is walking a fine balance: staying true to the concept of prêt-à-porter while generating that special spark of something that I have come to associate with haute couture.

Jonathan Saunders is actually the show I look forward to the most during London. I am probably doing a horrible job of articulating it, but Saunders has it. There is a quality to his pieces that has made his collections wildly popular with critics and masses alike in recent years.  I can’t quite name what it is, but the reaction is generally very visceral.  There is something compelling and reassuring about his collections.  A spark of wit? The beautifully effortless finished product? I don’t know.  Whatever it is, Jonathan Saunders has it in spades.

Regardless, this review is likely a wash since I am waxing (incoherent) poetry about the emotions that Jonathan Saunders has provoked rather than focusing on actual concrete aspects of his spring collection.  Oh well.  Try Vogue UK’s review for a more comprehensive take on the actual collection itself.

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