bournemouth08.jpgLaura Silver writes...

The Arts Institute at Bournemouth offered an equally varied range of styles and fabrics amongst their collections as their 'co-headliners' Northbrook College. Springs essential tribal patterns were present in the Sami inspired prints on Ilja Magga's teal coloured prom dresses, and we were also treated to some fabulous gold swimwear from Salena Mastroianni whose collection featured a selection of one-piece's with cut out detail, and a beautiful midnight blue chiffon beach dress with a gold print.

Bournemouth's stand-out collection came from Ida Vasaasen (pictured). The collection was inspired by the Nordic version of Beauty and the Beast in which the land is divided into Eternal Summer and Eternal Winter...

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Bournemouth's stand-out collection came from Ida Vasaasen (outfit pictured). The collection was inspired by the Nordic version of Beauty and the Beast in which the land is divided into Eternal Summer and Eternal Winter. The Parallels are represented by the use of cream and white knitwear to represent winter, and sheer silks and chiffon in aubergine and moss green represented summer. The addition of ribbons to loosely knitted socks added a subtle girlsh touch to the sheer, pleated dresses that had a slight boudoir sexiness. A highlight of the collection was a Miu Miu inspired cream ballerina dress featuring green and purple stripes. The combination of those fabrics, colours, cuts and textures was both striking yet softly sexy, just the qualities one would expect from a fairy tale princess.

Developing Spring's ombre trend was Natalie Conran, who emblazoned her sheer, floaty dresses with coloured ink-stains and layered printed chiffons over printed silks to create an inky, marbled effect that was both striking and innovative.

Bournemouth also nodded to Autumn/Winters forthcoming trend for tailored, body-con pieces with structured black dresses from Kate Gatrell who went for a nineteen-fifties cut, and Chloe Rees-William's fitted dresses featuring emphasised under-wiring on the bodices. [Laura Silver]