Backstage at London Fashion Week: Jean-Pierre Braganza
Jean-Pierre Braganza had a trick up his sleeve this season. He teamed up with Zinaida Lihacheva, a Ukranian abstract artist, to produce prints that really took the Spring / Summer 2013 collection to another level. It felt like this was the year the J-P girl grew up, and she looked fabulous.
Backstage we saw the finishing touches being put to the looks that took to the catwalk, and seeing all the clothes hanging together the one word that sprang to mind was 'cohesive'. This was a very mature, accomplished collection. There was a very strong colour palette of black, white, pale blue and red, on dresses and separates that were form-fitting, but never tight and cheap-looking, and well cut, but never harsh and sharp.
From shifts covered in artfully arranged shards of gunmetal-coloured beads to slinky shirt dresses and cleverly tailored pieces made up of panels of different printed fabrics, the many dresses were beautiful. But the real showstoppers were the jumpsuits and trouser suits, especially the white tuxedo with 30s style slacks, slim waistcoat and sheer shirt with a dark collar, which we saw being fitted (above).
Oh, and did we mention the shoes? Swoon!