Unashamedly inspired by a fantastical world of science fiction where women belong to a superior tribe, Jean-Pierre Braganza’s ‘Starkonnen’ collection for Autumn/Winter 2013, shown during the latest edition of London Fashion Week, featured samurai silhouettes and dramatically long dresses, skirts and coats to convey female power, wisdom and elegance.
The accomplished collection featured flowing lines and elongated silhouettes made possible by Braganza’s trademark sharp shoulders, asymmetrical lines, voluminous pleated trousers and sleeves, floor-length chiffon printed skirts, and draping effects. Fabrics included luxurious silk blends in jacquard, chiffon and satin, as well as heavier velvet boucle and laser-engraved white leather. Colour-block panelling layered in angular shapes combined black, petrol blue, silver, white and peach with prints that conjured a fantastical world through an array of abstract dragon scales and universe formations depicted in geometrical arrangements of circles and lines.
Once again, Bracher Emden collaborated with Jean-Pierre Braganza to create belts and clutch bags hand-crafted from soft Italian lambs leather, whereas shoes were provided by New York footwear designer Alejandro Ingelmo.
Photographs courtesy of Jean-Pierre Braganza / Trace Publicity