Presenting his womenswear collection for Spring Summer 2012 in an open plan, clean and minimal unused office location, the runway lit with Dan Flavin-style fluorescents, Jonathan Saunders' simple yet beautifully detailed collection made a strong impact. It was soft hues and loose flowing silhouettes for the season, with an ongoing graphic art-deco print repeated throughout to add consistency between his mens and womens. The print, which featured heavily in a number of different contexts, is the same we had seen earlier this year in Saunders' menswear offering. Clearly adding femininity through his choice of palette, this collection saw pastel pinks, reds, blues and yellows offset against an off white which formed the basis of a number of his pieces. Colour fades, or more specifically, ombré, made an appearance giving pieces an element of fun alongside the sophistication Jonathan is known for.
Cocktail dresses, oversized-fit work shirts, classic Jonathan Saunders knits, loose blouses, looser trousers and crop kimono sleeve dresses appeared in all of the above colours and treatments, with the addition of over-sized shirts and tailored cigarette pants in a petite and unassuming polka dot print. Other stand out pieces included a sheer black dress embellished with full embroidery, appearing in both soft lemon and a deeper black for evening. A full length sheer maxi with upper body embroidered detailing also continued Saunders story of the forward thinking but timelessly elegant woman.