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Catwalk Review: Basso &Amp; Brooke S/S 2011

20/09/2010 09:47 | Updated 22 May 2015

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DESIGNERS: Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke, former winners of Fashion Fringe

INSPIRATION: "Controlled contrasts"

TOP LOOKS: In shape at least, this was a collection to suit two very different women. For those who prefer their fashion with structure, the A-line dresses and stiff, full skirts were the perfect choice, while for those who prefer clothes with a lighter touch, a series of tucked and draped silk print separates oozed effortless femininity.

ACCESSORIES: Open-toed ankle boots (a key trend on more than one runway this London Fashion Week), were mixed with pointy-toed boots or sweet eye-let studded peep-toes

WHAT WE THOUGHT: It takes an awful lot to impress at 9am on a Sunday morning, but if anyone can brighten up a chilly early start, it's Basso & Brooke. Famous for their futuristic digital prints, the designers decided this time to take their trademark back in time, mixing more old fashioned designs - handwritten scribe by Da Vinci, Tolstoy and Balzac; maps; tromp l'oeil - with more current florals and animal prints. The effect? Everything demanded a second look. If the front row wasn't quite awake when the show started, they certainly were by its close.

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