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Basso and Brooke pioneered digital design with their Fashion Fringe-winning collection back in 2004 and have gone on to become a mainstay of the London fashion schedule. Their latest collection held at Goldsmith's Hall sees them taking a departure from their trademark opulent prints to something altogether more geeky.

Prints are still the main attraction, but they've moved away from the dreamy, luscious vegetative/floral motifs they made their name with, to something that carries librarian overtones, albeit a well-travelled librarian. A dizzying mix of houndstooth, vintage-style abstractions, stripes and oriental motifs were pieced together on a variety of separates. Hemlines crept up, but never above the knee, sticking to midi as fashion's now standard skirt length. The overall silhouette wasn't particularly body-conscious either, as mannish jackets, boxy blazers and minimal tunics jostled with voluminous palazzo pants, cigarette trousers and swishing skirts.

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The accessories too, added to the geek-chic librarian vibe with clunky, chunky wooden plaforms and slouchy, fine-knit socks covering the models' feet. Fresh-looking hair was simply pulled-back and make up consisted of little more than a scupltural red lip.

An exciting first for the duo is their partnership with the Cambridge Satchel Company, models walked down the catwalk clutching satchels which had been given the Basso and Brooke treatment. Their pattern-clash satchel is sure to become a must-have bag for this autumn.

Christopher Brooke and Bruno Basso gave their little bow in jumpers that echoed their collection, one a houndstooth mix and the other and origami paper-inspired print. Despite the changes ringing throughout the catwalk their collection carried a dexterity with digital print and way with colour that has become their hallmark.



Show report by Isabelle O'Carroll

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