Basharatyan V by Claire Kearns
Basharatyan V definitely provoked some raised eyebrows with her latest collection. This show was a bold affair, with models sporting short modish twenties style wigs and very strong brows. The collection’s title, Frida, promised some striking shapes and colours and this was provided in the form of some eye-catching vivid hues. The show kicked off at pace, offering a mixture of bold tailoring and contrasting softer silk dresses. The strong styling did help pull together a collection that felt a little disjointed. The dresses, which included a beautiful long black number, were the stand-out features of the show. A pristine pencil skirt and cropped-top combination and some strong lines, to an extent, made up for an ill-judged harem pant and lacklustre halter-neck here and there. This was a show of highs and lows to say the least. The introduction of slightly unusual faded prints and a willingness to play with fabric, cut and tailoring (perhaps a little too much in places) shows that this Russian designer’s gaining confidence. With this collection there was certainly no lack of vision which, if refined, means it will be intriguing to see what’s next from Basharatyan V.
All photography by Amelia Gregory.
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