Spijkers en Spijkers‘ Spring Summer show was inspired by the Nick Cave duet with Kylie Minogue, Where the Wild Roses Grow, and the haunting song set the scene before the models stepped onto the catwalk at the On/Off venue in Bloomsbury Square.
But unlike the song, the clothes were far from melancholy or maudlin. Instead they were sunny and playful, as the opening outfit - a short safari suit with sparkly buttons and teasing cut outs – proved. It was followed by pretty little khaki shifts that were trimmed with lace and a lovely floral pink sundress with black lace panels and pointed, padded boobs – sweet with a sassy edge.
The sweet, feminine look of the clothes was echoed by the soft, lightly-waved hair and fresh make-up (dewy skin, strong brows and a candy-pink lip.) No gimmicks or tricks, which allowed the clothes to really shine.
One outstanding look came in the form of a neon orange dress – this looks like it’s going to be the hottest colour of next summer, as we also saw it on the catwalks at Jasper Conran and Erdem. It’s an upbeat, optimistic shade – like peach sorbet – that will look supersexy with a tan and work beautifully with black, camel and navy.
The ’70s feel that has emerged as the dominant trend at New York and London was present in the form of a Charlie Girl-style camel trouser suit and a white broderie anglais jumpsuit. Broderie anglais played a prominent role – it appeared on sweet sundresses, with one particular treasure sporting a gorgeous broderie anglais pleated skirt. It also trimmed a stunning white blazer and made up panels on a crisp white sleeveless shirt.
The broderie anglais theme was taken to its illogical conclusion by being blown up to giant proportions and used as cut outs on a bodycon black dress.
This was an accomplished collection full of incredibly wearable dresses and separates with a flirtatious edge -sugar and spice is definitely what the Spijkers en Spijkers girl is made of!