BFC Courtyard Show Space, London | 17:23 pm
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When you look at the new spring/summer 2014 collection by Jean-Pierre Braganza, you might make note of how subtly girly it is. There’s plenty of pink, the skirts have that a-little-too-short yet whimsical vibe, and there’s the kind of bagginess that, while in no way is it hip-hop, manages to illicit a sense of hip nevertheless in the full pieces.
Whereas some designers like to strip everything down and give the world something completely different from season to season, Braganza opts for more modest approach, favouring minimalist changes that serve more as an enhanced baseline for the new season (in fact, if you check out his fall/winter 2013 collection, you’ll quickly notice that the only thing missing besides the jackets is the pink; with that collection Braganza went heavy on the blue to compliment the dramatic splashes of black). The this time round the result is the same, silky-smooth sleekness one could expect from Braganza but with a twist of the new season added. I wish that I could say that I understand the consistent thread between all of the pieces as a whole, as I could imagine some of the new collection looking great on young women whereas a couple of pieces are clearly a bit more mature, but Braganza doesn’t lack on conviction, and for a collection this ambitious, he generally succeeds. I’m particularly impressed with the splashy digital prints.