Monday, October 6, 2008

High-Tech Romance

BASSO & BROOKE
SPRING 2009 READY-TO-WEAR

The original Fashion Fringe winning design duo Basso & Brooke showcased their spring/summer 2009 collection, entitled High-Tech Romance.

Turning Japanese did Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke a world of favors. Between Hokusai past and Blade Runner future, Japan offered the master printmakers so much inspiration all they had to do was keep it simple and let the prints shine.
And that—mercifully—is essentially what they did. From the moment Vlada Roslyakova hit the runway in matching top and leggings with a sculpted obi belt anchoring the look, the eye was dazzled by furious collages of pattern, some of them beaded, or over-embroidered, or crystallized by Swarovski for added eye appeal.
Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear

"We were inspired by the Japanese notion of flow, laws and metrics of their unique aesthetic," explained the designers of their influence, The Tale of Genji, a story offering insight into the spirit and grandeur of the Heian era of Japan.

Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear
Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear
Drenched in colour – aqua, purple, crimson, pink and yellow – looks were further brought to life through pin tuck details with flowers literally unfurling from the folds of the manipulated fabric, and plaited and woven constructions, in silk jersey and duchess satin, embraced the body with paradisaical prints; butterflies, rabbits, waves and Japanese calligraphy.
Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear

The accessories in the collection speaks volumes.....

Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear
Japan also provided the origamilike pleating and folding effects that drew simple jersey shift shapes in at the waist or puckered the fabric of a sheer blouse so it looked like a huge ruffle round the neck.
Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear
Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear
Such effects may sound tricky, but in fact they served their purpose in enhancing those gorgeous prints.
Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear
Attention must also be paid to Raouda Assaf's shoes (the heels artfully carved like Japanese ivory) and Stephen Jones' headpieces.
Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear
Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear
Tottering on the highest of heels (which were elegantly sculpted like ornate vase handles and boasted the biggest of platform soles), models, their hair lifted into a cool new variation of the quiff and styled with gigantic Kirby grips created by Stephen Jones, appeared in a kaleidoscope of chaotically stunning prints on tight dresses in kimono styles, their waists cinched by bold, origami folded belts.
Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear
Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear
Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear
Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear



Basso & Brooke
Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear