Jonathan Saunders AW14: Catwalk Report


Since bursting into the industry with his critically acclaimed birds-of-paradise prints for Alexander McQueen in 2003, Jonathan Saunders created a name for himself with his use of prints and bold colours. Three years later he was crowned the best Scottish designer.

Anxiously awaiting the designer’s latest collection, in the haunting atmosphere where TVs upon TVs stuck on white noise blared, the crowd took their seats. Singer, Foxes, was amongst the audience.

Excitement stirred as the lights ignited and the first look made it’s way down the catwalk that was backed by many speakers making this show somewhat a “fashion performance”.

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From first sight it was apparent that Saunders was keeping up with the print theme with hand placed patchwork on the oversized trench coat. Paired up with a diagonally striped floor, length gown the two clashed effortlessly creating a dominating presence.

As the collection ventured on the collection became very androgynous with the A-line dresses and the oversized bomber jackets, producing a classic meets contemporary look. Sticking with classic Saunders various prints paraded the catwalk and two even collided.

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Reminiscent William Morris floral prints running through the alternate stripes of a dress resembling a candy cane was an excellent show of this.

The linear print of other dresses created a more simplistic tone to the collection allowing the garment to speak for itself. Twinned with a fleece lapelled trench with broad shoulders adding further to the androgynous feel of the line.

Following the trend of catwalk mishaps, previously seen in Betsy Johnson and Sibling’s runways, the shoes were a devil’s advocate for the wearers. Christian Louboutin provided Sanders with his synonymous footwear.

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Louboutin’s are known to be tremendously hard to walk in and that was no exception as the models walked down the catwalk bow-legged.

Saunders’ “fashion performance” consisted of his classic crowd pleasers and soon-to-be new timeless hits proving he is the real “prints charming”.

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