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 coat—a classic cut, short, belted, and seamed into a bubble below the waist. Skinny pants, cropped jackets, and neat coats followed—all 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.