What a refreshing change after the NY collections! Mr. Conran takes a much needed less is more approach for a good part of the collection and it is a welcomed sight to say the least.
His vision for Autumn|Winter 2013 is certainly not one of the dead and dreary black collections already shown, but here we are bombarded with color in a most appealing way. The clothes are beautifully simple and soft, which makes for an unbelievable foil for the over wrought and over designed collections that have paraded catwalks for weeks now. There is a distinct 60s vibe and a healthy shot of Cardin and Courrèges, which takes the collection to a decidedly more carefree time. Remember, this was also the era of the youth quake!
Despite or because of this, the clothes take on a “retro-ish” feel but that would only be for those who remember the 60s and well, for the rest, they will find clothes to wear rather than just admire or gawk at. Did I mention that the clothes are easy fitting and still would never be confused with slouchy or sack like? I am especially fond of the neon brights and the “disc/petal” pieces at the end of the show. And I would be remiss if I didn’t take note of the fact that Mr. Conran used hosiery as an accessory… Pet peeve, you know!