Glasgow-born Jonathan Saunders took us on a trip to the beach (Miami Beach, that is) for his Spring/Summer 2012 collection, which was chock-a-block with sugary shades and paisley prints. Whatever he was on when he created these designs, we want some.
The models were femininity personified, decked out in skirts, sundresses, pinafores, pajamas, and blouses made from slinky silk, cotton, and jacquard fabrics, which, while rendered in old-fashioned dot prints and muted tones, were decidedly modern.
His signature flourishes manifested in Baroque-like swirls on ’50s-era prom dresses and full skirts that fell below the knee in bright candyfloss bursts of color. While the skirt fabrics appeared heavy—we’re talking Aunt Linda’s sitting room curtains—when paired with silken and washed-out peach camisoles and cropped jackets, the overall look was demure and elegantly sexy.
Saunders is renowned for his confidence and playfulness, and he didn’t disappoint. Blues clashed pleasingly with vibrant greens, bright pink skirts were partnered with turquoise summer coats, and an orange boyfriend jacket was curiously teamed with a purple paisley blouse.
Fun, fresh, and cheeky, Saunders collection was made with a team of trophy wives in mind. Which raises the question, is it apple-tini hour yet?