Bath Spa successfully used spotlighting to create a moment of drama at the beginning of each collection, this highlighted the strength of the many material juxtapositions that featured heavily. In contrast the knitwear and textural elements of many of Salisbury’s collections were leant a tactical focus.
A silent spotlight began Bath Spa’s show. This led into the remixed monastic chants that accompanied Chloe Jones’ collection that were the perfect accompaniment to the ecclesiastical meets street theme which epitomised her work. Riffs on sport wear were cleverly blended with influences from the religious world, such a monk’s habit; this resulted in the sheer grey hoods that were integral to the garments. Intricate shoulder appliqué nodded to the riches of priests’ robes, whilst a flowing full-length shape brought humility to the collection. Use of drawstrings brought the work back to the street.
Lara Chipping’s nods to traditional Indian prints, teamed with broderie anglais, created an almost Raj-esque feel to her collection. The standout look of cuffed trousers, printed with a delicate elephant white on navy print, with navy linen Nehru collared cutaway jacket over a puffed sleeved blouse, beautifully epitomised the collection. The palette of navy, red and white gave clarity of vision to the work.
The resort vibe of Stefanie Hodson’s work perfectly blended a bright LA aesthetic with quintessentially British digi prints of branches and trees. An oversized orange mesh vest was worked with outsize digi print pockets, with pockets being a key feature of many of the garments. Orange was subtly worked through the collection as contract stitching on the swimsuits, which made up several of the looks. A slouchy backpack was the primary accessory, with its orange plastic strap buckles a quick reference to the theme of the garments. Yellow jelly shoes highlighted the bright feel and modern beach aesthetic.
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