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London Fashion Week: Basso and Brooke catwalk report

by cheree Published on 18 September 2009

As hordes of disappointed fashion followers were left outside Basso and Brooke's show at the BFC's tents, those who managed to get in were treated to a magical trip into a collection in which partners Chris and Bruno had been "enchanted by the future retro technical dexterity of hyperrealist paintings". This translated in part into a series of powerful outfits with high volume colour and of course those essential Basso and Brooke prints - there were even printed sequins in evidence.

There were some subdued pieces like the monochrome cropped square-shouldered jacket coupled with panelled trousers, alongside extravagant colour combinations - one print fuses black, orange, blues and pinks to look a little like a paint explosion. There's a touch of Ziggy Stardust in the zig-zag black and silver which features in a cowl-necked mini dress and double-breasted top with a plunging neckline.

Jacquard has been reworked into a technique that makes it look almost wet and this appears in black puffed-out trousers and a black dress which looks like it's been twisted to fit and features a technicolour bustier. Colour-soaked digital prints verge on the edge of optical illusions and feature in mini dresses and belted jackets.

by cheree

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