Feb 24, 2017 | By Lizzy Bowring
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New York: Jonathan Saunders, like many of his London cohorts, made a name for himself with his innovative use of prints. He was, and still is, a big proponent of ombré, which appeared for a range of separates in his Pre-Fall collection, as did a colorful abstract motif. But the real story here was not about prints. Saunders debuted an innovative heat-pressing technique that stamped laser-cut flower appliqués onto many of his garments. Its effects almost looked like jacquard, but with even more dimension. Saunders told editors that he took inspiration for the pieces’ simple shapes and clean lines from a photograph he saw of the artist Jackson Pollack and his girlfriend from the 50s. The clothes were uncomplicated, allowing the prints and the heat-transfer appliqués to shine. Saunders mentioned that he planned to expand on the heat-pressing for his upcoming F/W 13 collection, an exciting proposal.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: A-line / Slouchy / Shrunken / Dropped flounce / Dirndl
Color: Cobalt / Brick red / Melon / Teal / Black / Goldenrod / Khaki / Fuchsia / Mint
Key Items: Grid-patterned sweater / Ombré pencil skirts / Heat-pressed appliqué separates
Materials: Medium-gauge yarns / Firm silk blends / Textured leather / Sateen / Fine twill / Chiffon / Lace / Taffeta
Print + Pattern: Colorful abstract motif / Ombré / Large-scale outlines of florals
Details + Trim: Heat-pressed appliqués / Cap sleeves / Inverted pleats / Collarless jackets
Accessories + Footwear: Suede mules
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