Marios Schwab

London: Marios Schwab took a cinematic turn for S/S 2012. With a vaguely 1940s but very film noir silhouette, the designer explored the contrast of light against dark. Schwab focused his attention on two garments, the summer dress and the trenchcoat. The dresses were largely slim-fitted, sleeveless and A-line. Panels of perforated fabrics exposed the body in some examples, and overlaid black net distorted the underlying colors of others. A standout was the black, cap-sleeved dress composed of perforated cotton. It possessed a harder edge than its contemporaries, and was better for it. Lightweight trenchcoats appeared in silk and satin, with rolled-up sleeves and popped collars. Everything was contained within a tight palette of black, white, pastels and crimson. Best in show was a sheer iridescent gown that revealed a crystal bodysuit beneath — ideal for the glamorous spy about town. – Shine Anthony-Dharan

Silhouette: Body-hugging / A-Line / Fit-and-flare

Color: Nude / White / Lilac / Black / Poppy

Key Items: Fitted knee-length dresses / Trenchcoats / Pencil skirts

Materials: Leather / Silk / Satin / Netting / Cotton / Metallics

Details + Trim: Perforation / Bias seams / Crystals / Sweetheart neckline / Crisscross halter / Jewel Neck

Footwear: Hybrid sandal-boots

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