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Sass and Bide

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SOPHISTICATED SCAVENGER

London: Aussie duo Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton’s FW2010 collection looked like the natural evolution of their looks from last season. Sass and Bide’s runway show seemed to reflect a civilization that had come full circle. Possessing the artisanship of ancient times, and reflecting the sophisticated tastes of the modern world, the clothes were at once primitive and futuristic. The models had the appearance of modern warriors, with power shoulders, armor-like cummerbunds and bibs, and long leather fingerless gloves protecting their arms. Feathers, shells, glass, and animal teeth were sewn on in tribal patterns, resulting in clothes that seemed to be constructed out of scavenged materials. The line has been known to embellish heavily, and the innovative material choices prevented the ornamentation from taking on a gaudy appearance. The collection was without color other than black and white, and garments with painted-on designs that were faded and imperfect added to its earthy feel. Pleated trousers and tailored jackets acted as subtle reminders of civilization, and brought costume-y pieces down to a wearable level. Imaginative hair styling that mimicked the shape of the horns carried by some models made for visually pleasing, complete looks. The overall show was appropriate for today’s edgier customer, and was also a perfect characterization of Sass and Bide.

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