September 18, 2006 London
As for the collection itself, Fiona Sinha and Aleksandar Stanic began by working their own relatively understated versions of London's bod-conscious revival. For them, it's about a super-cropped bolero and lots of zipper action, a theme derived from motocross biking. In their determination to drive their ideas away from the literal starting point, however, things got a little snarled up. Skirts with folded-down flaps and hemlines trimmed with zippers only ended up suggesting one thing: "Ouch!"
These designers are better when they don't try too hard to be part of the gang. Has their customer, who was initially drawn to the believable, career-friendly modernism of their clothes, suddenly morphed into a seeker of skimpy bandage dresses? Their natural talents veer more toward clean, artistic prints on fluid chiffon and cool reinterpretations of pantsuits. Thank goodness, they managed to show a couple of thosebut in the end, the last model did fall.