London Fashion Week SS12: Basso and Brooke

Who: Basso and Brooke

What: digital prints, tropical colours and loosely-structured, light-as-air silhouettes.

Highlights: prints! Colour!

Lowlights: we want it all.

Overall: it’s surprising, after a bucket of dark blues and nudes, what a splash of colour can do for one’s morale. There’s something about Basso and Brooke that manage to put a gasp on even the coldest editors’ faces, such is their talent for putting on an explosion of print and palette. For spring 2012, the design duo, pioneers of digital print, have pushed the boundaries of their signature design with a subtle but successful difference. Trompe l’oeil prints are real enough to touch, each carefully placed on panels of dresses to enhance optical illusion and evolving from every garment. The idea of contrast and evolution features heavily – hard, angular lines and structural shapes are set on light-as-air fabrics that float in the wind, yet remain refined with loose structure. And riotous, tropical colour – explosions of orange, red, blue, green (and everything in between) – only act to bring prints to life. Really, it’s everything you want from a spring collection.

Watch the video of Basso and Brooke’s spring/summer 2012 collection below:

Images: catwalking.com

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