LONDON FASHION WEEK A/W ’14: JONATHAN SAUNDERS

LONDON FASHION WEEK A/W ’14: JONATHAN SAUNDERS

Luke Hersheson for Jonathan Saunders at Tate Britain. Jonathan Saunders Situated within an abundance of art and creativity Jonathan Saunders matched his surroundings with a theatrical showcase for A/W14. Although The Tate was littered with objects of no perceived value, fuzzing TV sets and antiquated amps were the perfect installation to compliment an experimental collection. With conviction, a composition of undiluted colour and fearless texture created a hybrid collection of hand-knitted sweaters and quilted leather bombers. We saw broad sweeping coats paired with delicate bias-cut dresses that were swamped in bands of destructive colour. Despite the frenetic energy of the runway, austerity ran parallel with the overall themes of decadence and debauchery. Hersh_JS2 Luke Hersheson played with the idea of doll-like perfection whilst creating glossy and plasticized waves. Like true mannequins, models were given glass-like complexions while their hair hardened under product and gel. L’Oreal Profesionnel Tecni Art Gloss Control and A-Head Glue were applied generously to each head, whilst stylists molded the hair swiftly into a strict 20’s inspired finger wave. Spritzing water over the glue produced a pliable texture that allowed the waves to be contoured before setting in place and fixing in skull-hugging ponytails. This angular style exaggerates the silhouette whilst hugging the face in a boyish manner. Luke said: “the finger waves at the front give it a slight 1920’s feel, but the sleek ponytail makes the entire look feel very contemporary.” The over-all finish was sophisticated but evidently manufactured.