David Bowie as the Thin White Duke inspired the Scottish designer's colourful palette
It was a super colourful collection that Jonathan Saunders presented for his Spring Summer 13 offering. Blues, yellows, greens and reds were all shot through the pieces, some in simple blocks, others with striking geometric patterns. It was an almost psychedelic offering and one that made a lot of sense for the season. “I wanted to create some continuity between my mens and womens wear and I think that really comes across in this season, it is all about colour and texture,” explains the Scottish designer.
It was a confident man that was at the core of the collection, with nods to the English gentlemen but with a bit of added edge. David Bowie in his Thin White Duke incarnation was a strong influence, with Saunder's pulling references from the iconic musician's long standing career. “My woman is quite smart and quite dressed and I felt my guy should be the same. I wanted to show someone that can wear colour and print and still look quite masculine and Bowie is very much someone that can pull all of those elements together,” he says.
Alongside Saunders' signature shirting and knitwear, which this season had pattern woven through and also featured three dimensional relief, trench coats, bomber jackets and Harringtons were key pieces. Trousers were slightly cropped, in more subtle but still summery shades, while the shorts were done out in colour fade prints and geometric patterns. Wide pin stripes also featured across both tailoring and more casual pieces including tshirts. With the lines in a gloss black set against the brights, the feel was very modern and sophisticated but retained a sense of playfullnes that is key to Jonathan Saunders.