Combining edgy cuts and feminine sophistication, John Richmond shows off what it means to be a master tailor in his latest collection.
One word that personifies John Richmond’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection is strength. The show opened with tender touches of a relaxed, sophisticated woman on-the-go, who favours notes of fuchsia, green-yellow and amber.
The collection then takes an amplified turn. The colour palette changes to traditional basics — black, white and navy, only to be elevated by the subtle pops of colour brimming from the uniquely detailed clutches and shoes. Each season Richmond’s hones in on his signature style of edgy designs and rock-n-roll inspirations. He gave the collection the taste of sensuality, while continuing the theme of strong femininity with his selection of bold pant suits and deep necklines. The real treat came near the end of the show, which included flowing dresses with cuts of sheer lining and intricate detailing added with hints of gold that seemed to be sprinkled throughout the darker pieces.
The final looks featured striking hi-low hemlines accented with embellished bodices and sweetheart necklines. Richmond brilliantly stays true to his signature style, whilst offering surprises like a white pants suit accompanied with bedazzled jacket that added a twist to his modern approach. Although there were times when there was a slight feeling of repetition — namely the all-white ensemble featuring a thigh-high sheath dress mini, tote bag and shoes, and then a black dress of the same style. These slight variations weren’t noticeable enough to work in the designer’s favour, yet the classic styles are quite market-friendly. The pieces that went to the extremes were the last two looks of the collection — an embroidered chest-baring corset mini dress with a floor-sweeping train and a strapless mini gown with a bone-boasting print and voluminous train — were captivating. It was thrilling to watch Richmond reinvent his aesthetic whilst keeping to the basics that define his brand. This collection gives almost every woman a little something.