September 16, 2011 London
The show opened with cool geometry: A trim navy suit and longish yellow shorts with triangular cutouts established the tone; scalloped shifts and A-line blouses with knife-pleated underskirts spun it in a gamine direction. The palette proceeded to build in richness, harking back to the early-seventies Jaeger heyday with hits of mustard and bright orange and multicolored nautical stripes. The mustard culottes—which also appeared in cream and navy—were must-haves. Reverting back to the gamine, Stockdale also sent out several excellent, very simple black and white dresses and tops featuring broderie cutwork that read like enlarged eyelet. They felt very fresh. Ditto the hats: Flat, wide-brimmed numbers, they appeared in a variety of colors, and helped to elevate the look of the collection as a whole.