Basso & Brooke
September 18, 2006 London
For spring, they dropped their overwrought obsession with the eighties and went toward the stylistically safer twenties instead. They used the template of drop-waist, handkerchief-point flapper dresses as a frame for their prints, which were inspired by exotic travel. There were elephants, bamboo, birds, flowers, and mothswith nothing untoward lurking in the jungle, at least that could be seen from a distance. In fact, as the show went on, the realization began to flicker that Basso & Brooke might even be capable of delicacy. Gold-dabbed and silver-shot fabrics, combined with underlying prints, had a butterfly-wing effect that in places looked quite lovely.