London Fashion Week Day 3: Basharatyan V

 

Image; Anna Thornton
Image: Anna Thornton

Basharatyan (quite a mouthful, I know) pride themselves on creating individually inspired collections from season to season. For autumn/winter 2014/15 the influence was the landscape of ‘Heidmork’ in Iceland. This was evident from the offset with the pale, ethereal colours, which slowly built up to an array of delicate patterns, and colours.

The show started with a strong, minimalist aesthetic; a series of simple grey wool dresses, perfectly tailored. The strength of this collection was indubitably the tailoring, be it a sharp shirt or a floaty maxi dress, everything was beautifully crafted and this is what carried what was mostly simple designs. Although there were injections of colour, the aesthetic remained elegantly minimalist. There was a distinctive silhouette, of broad shoulders and a nipped in (and exposed) waist. This worked especially well with the selection of mohair blazers in pale grey, coral red and baby blue.

My favourite look was the cropped white silk shirt and skirt with a patterned chiffon overlay. The crisp lines of the tailoring added edge to an otherwise overtly feminine outfit. The pattern was designed to look like the eye of a geyser spring in the eponymous conservation, and the blues and reds used were simultaneously ethereal and vibrant.

Overall, it was a varied and imaginative collection which successfully drew the line between having a strong aesthetic unity, and not being same-y. The clothes were simple and elegant, they remained feminine while using strong tailoring and bold shapes.

 

 

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