The kaleidoscope of British talent periodically shakes out brilliant print designers who can look at color and pattern in mind-bending new ways. The latest is Scottish-born Jonathan Saunders, so skilled in manipulating surface design that he engineers his patterns to flow over body contours.
Using hard-edged combinations of orange, gray, ochre, purple, black and white, his sharp-angled geometrics are interspersed with zig-zagging zones of herringbone patternlike Art Deco processed by a cyber-brain. Saunders applied his patterns to a troupe of second-skin dresses and bodysuits that looked like a muted, psychedelic echo of the days of Thierry Mugler's glamazons. There was too much repetition, but the glam-rock mood was on target with a growing London trend.