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Jonathan Saunders Womenswear S/S11

Inspired by Alan Jones prints, Saunders' classic block colours are reworked for a grown up feel

Jonathan Saunders showed long ago that he has more in him than just colourful prints. His Spring / Summer collection might have featured a few of them, but on a subtle and more toned down scale. His quite grown up collection focused on a simple maxi stripe print. Slim skirts and buttoned up shirts all featured a single thick stripe in either orange, blue or yellow. Much of the collection had a base colouring of beige or grey in order to let the stronger colours stand out. These shades were also prominent in a new and beautifully abstract modern camouflage print that we saw on both skirts and dresses. The very adult feeling continued with belted tailored jackets and the last black section, featuring elegant eveningwear.

Dazed Digital: What was the starting point for you?

Jonathan Saunders: Colours and simplicity, something that wasn’t over worked or over complicated. I wanted something that was real summer as well…

DD: Did you use grey and beige to show off the stronger colours?

Jonathan Saunders: Yeah, it goes against the grain to use grey and beige. I love colour but it’s interesting how using those neutrals make it nostalgic.

DD: The graphics almost reminded me of a modern take on camouflage in the middle section!

Jonathan Saunders: The silhouettes were simple and nostalgic so I wanted the prints to be clashing. I looked at the artist Alan Jones when we worked on the prints.

DD: Do you have a favourite piece in the collection?

Jonathan Saunders: I never have favourites….