Judging by the sensibly soft and drapey drift of their first three precociously grown-up collections, one would scarcely have guessed Fiona Sinha and Aleksandar Stanic were both just 25. Their clothes were accomplished enough to bounce them from the Fashion Fringe competition into a deal with Aeffe, but there was always something not quite right about watching a pair of young designers mature before their time. Well, they're 26 now, and the good news is they¿ve started acting their age, clicking into sync with the short, hard, sexy vibe that's obsessing every other young fashion person living in London.
Sinha and Stanic took on the early-nineties trend by starting their show with a camel coata classic cut, short, belted, and seamed into a bubble below the waist. Skinny pants, cropped jackets, and neat coats followedall still career-friendly, but made for a woman with a bit more oomph. Business agenda covered, they got experimental with tiny skirts with a drape in back, a leather bubble-skirt dress, and an evening group embellished with almost flashy Swarovski chandelier crystals. There were, of course, some clunkers in the mix, but that counts as a sign of health. Young designers need to make mistakes in order to learn, and it's encouraging to see this couple dare to move forward.