S/S 2012 was a relatively restrained affair for Sass & Bide designers Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton. The duo’s signature eclectic mix-match of patterns and textures was present and correct, but there were fewer layers than usual. This simplified look freshened up the collection and aligned it with the trends of this season. Batik prints, sequins, metallic leather, and tribal beading often found themselves in a single outfit. Shots of neon yellow and blood orange added shock value to the less embellished pieces. They smartly removed volume from the equation by sticking to an elongated, body-skimming silhouette consisting of tubular skirts, relaxed tops, and gently draped dresses. The last exits, a series of almost minimal looks, were previews of the duo’s higher-priced Gallery collection. The best was the one most distinct from the rest of the collection: a black wrap dress with cutout detail and matching jacket. – Shine Anthony-Dharan

Silhouette: Body-skimming / Elongated

Color: Navy / Poppy / Blood orange / Cobalt blue / Black / Neons / Lemon / Silver / White / Gold

Key Items: Tube skirts / Relaxed pants / Asymmetric dresses

Materials: Leather / Lamé / Silk / Neoprene

Prints + Patterns: Polka-dots / Batiks / Ethnic stripes

Details + Trim: Sequins and beads / Gathers / Asymmetry / Color-blocking

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