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Jonathan Saunders

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NOUVEAU SOCK HOP

London: While its themes conjured decades past, Jonathan Saunders’ S/S 11 show felt young and fresh. Retro 50s silhouettes, ranging from swing skirts to pinup bustiers and wiggle dresses, were rejuvenated by modern color-blocking and bleeding highlighter stripes. Abstract confetti patterns recalled midcentury motifs, but looked new on breezy lightweight fabrics. A 1980s pastel color palette was freshened by complementary neons and an abundance of white. Ivory and pale khaki looked new together, and occasional black accents grounded the light story. Peppy tennis pleats and cropped tops made for an especially girlish feel – ideal for the Junior market. Sporty accents hinted at activewear inspirations, a recurring trend this season. Mesh accompanied silk charmeuse, and bold shoulder-framing stripes mimicked the raglan T-shirt cut. Sophistication came from chic, clean lines and tasteful use of color and print. Visually pleasing, and surely fun to wear, the clothes will be ideal for sunny spring days.

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