Fiona Sinha and Aleksandar Stanic have recently received a £60,000 business-development award. From the regimented looks on their runway, it would seem that the influx has them concerned with making sure the press and buyers are very clear about every option they have in their line. The show consisted of one basic shape—a short, body-molding template that appeared as a coat, a zip-front dress, or a skirt and shell—with a little (though not much) variety added by boleros and skinny, cropped pants.

In the London context, this is last year¿s silhouette. But the couple tried to add novelty by superimposing a Japanese samurai theme, using quilted leather, metallic fabrics, and cuts that mildly mimicked articulated plates of armor. A lot of handworked silver, copper, dull gold leather, and embroidery went into the finale coats, which turned out considerably more glam-rock than shogun. Still, they weren¿t enough to overcome the repetitious nature of what preceded them. In the end, this felt more like a literal-minded line presentation to financial types than an inspired fashion show. Sinha-Stanic may have had to do a lot of the former recently, but they shouldn¿t equate the need to prove their business savvy with an exciting proposition for editors.