Sass & Bide at London Fashion Week - Gallery
Our first day at London Fashion Week ended in style, with a trip to the beautiful St John's in Westminster to join the likes of Olivia Palermo, Pixie Lott and Tom Hooper for the Sass & Bide show. We've always had a soft spot for the Aussie label, which has been showing in London since 2009, and couldn't wait to see what they had in store.
Sass & Bide's show is an interesting spot of punctuation on the London schedule, when collections can often be a little too heavily styled and conceptual for you to imagine the pieces actually being worn by normal shoppers. Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke have no time for the sort of bonkers fashion we often see at other London shows. Theirs is a crisp, clean, commercially viable range aimed mostly at young women with incredible bodies.
A lot of the stuff you see on the Sass & Bide catwalk directly inspires the fast fashion market - cutout mini dresses, rise and fall maxis, jewelled halters, strapless peplum tops and criss-cross bodycon dresses. But one thing they do incredibly well is making a sparkly micro-mini look sophisticated, not cheap. Only some of this has to do with the slim, tall models. A lot is in the detail, construction and clever embellishment, especially of looks in this show like a long-sleeved ivory mini covered in beaded silver honeycomb-like panels and banding, and a structural black and grey number with 3D peplums and a huge silver collar.
This year, the range also included some more mature pieces; heavily beaded cape-like jackets draped over the shoulders, chic tailored wide leg trousers teamed with strapless tops, fluid silvery knitwear (on jumpers and a turtleneck maxi dress) and another of the design team's trademarks - great jackets in varying lengths and cuts, the best one being a longer-line black piece with textured panels worn with the sleeves rolled up over a grey mini.
The colour palette was strict; black, white, grey, silver and bright yellow were really the only shades we saw, in various combinations. Decoration was graphic, with criss-cross lines in black and silver creating the cages and structure that gave the show its name - Wintergate.