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Jean Pierre Braganza: Victoriana Gone Mad

17/02/2012 18:28 | Updated 22 May 2015

WHO: Jean Pierre Braganza

jean-pierre-braganzaJean Pierre Braganza Autumn/Winter 2012. Photo: PA

IN A NUTSHELL: Chandelierium was inspired by the idea of a repressed, Victorian woman with a touch of insanity about her. Braganza depicted this through layering, structure and texture while the messed up chignons and muted, metallic lip colours emphasised the image of madness.

BEG, BORROW OR STEAL: There were fitted pencil skirts with cut-outs revealing a second layer below, chunky knitted jumpers with high-neck collars, cropped, box jackets and plenty of digital floral prints, all in the key colour of the show: purple. Lace-boots by Mark Charles also added to the idea of being strapped in. However, as the name of the collection suggests, it was the Chandelier print in fiery reds and oranges that set the show alive.

VERDICT: The idea of entrapment ran through the whole collection, with the cut-out skirts and high collar pieces suggesting that Braganza's woman is desperate and distressed. However, the use of strong colour and the sequin embellished jacket which closed the show added an almost regal quality that added a touch of sophistication to the delirious prints and shapes.

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