Basso & Brooke AW2012 - elysium.e Review

Hectic thoughts might spring to mind when initially witnessing the Fall 2012 offering from Basso & Brooke. A label known for their expressive approach to pattern, here more is almost certainly more. The abrupt cropping of patterned portions introduce an element of intrigue, it’s often difficult to decipher where these playful sections are seamed or simply cut & pasted across generous lengths.

Speaking of, Christopher Brook _ the pattern master of the pair _ constructs comfortable volumes and orderly curved necklines. Welcoming maxi lengths and simple boxy layers that embrace Bruno’s strong signature shapes. Often it seems these generous lengths are merely a canvas to the dramatic pattern dissection and almost completely disregard the contours of a flattering silhouette

Still, this exuberant exhibit is completely compatible. A strong unity ultimately achieved through an impressive colour palette, hues that efficiently underpin these testing textiles. Equations morphing throughout the show, beginning with a strong scarlet red, a dull copper brown and a subtle powder blue. A dull brown that eventually adopts a metallic gold finish, a shade we predict to be a go-to colour of the season. This lustrous effect then gives way to a pastel concoction, seeing a grey layered pink running alongside the initial powder blue, taking precedent over the scarlet red starter.

Words: Scott Goldthorpe