WOMEN'S SPRING/SUMMER 2012

WAISTED SILHOUETTE IS JUXTAPOSED WITH EXAGGERATED EMPIRE AND TRAPEZE LINES. SHARP ANGLES ARE CONSPICUOUS BY THEIR ABSENCE. CIRCULAR CUT DRESSES AND SKIRTS AND CONTOURED JACKETS ARE MOULDED TO THE BODY AND PEEL AWAY TO REVEAL CAGED LEATHER CORSETRY BENEATH.

Embellishment becomes increasingly elaborate. No surface is left untreated. Panelling, pleating, ruching, waterfall ruffles and frills. Laser cut patent leather and hammered metal harnessing.

Silk, lace, pearl and metal-encrusted embroideries degrade in places and in others appear almost to grow on the body, creeping from hemline to head.

“I was thinking about a woman as an object of desire. We go to such lengths to adorn ourselves that we almost become our clothes or are taken over by them. This is a collection about excess – an exploration of ideals of beauty at their most extreme.” Sarah Burton