Basso & Brooke
September 15, 2011 London
Elsewhere, things got a little muddled. The show could have used some editing: Your brain can process only so many draped dresses in jolting digital patterns. That said, the dresses were uniformly good, with Brooke's draping nicely complementing Brooke's print placement. The knee-length day dresses were a particularly strong group: Simple yet diaphanous, they had a ton of punch but looked easy to wear. And the show resumed focus every time the designers pulled back on color—a black, white, and gray long-sleeved top and long skirt snapped the mind to attention, thanks to the furnace of bright yellow and green by the hemline. Looks like that, and the frond prints that opened the show, point the way forward for Basso & Brooke: Though their maximalist inclinations still have lots of appeal, this collection proved that judiciousness makes its own kind of impact.