Jean-Pierre Braganza AW2012 - elysium.e Review


The Braganza woman has always stomped to the beat of her own percussion, a vibrant self confidence thermally illustrated upon the very garments this season. A viscously vivid print emerges from a contrasting black canvas, concluding a collection that successfully transcends the aesthetic appeal of previous offerings. The compilation of looks subtly suggests a seasonal direction, cocooning layers alongside ankle warmers that cap a heavy winter boot.


The initial iridescent surfaces kick out at the waist and shoulder, allowing ample space for additional layers of heavy fabric. Descending steps of interest that protrude at the knee and fishtail in opposing directions, an effect we can see translating to a high-street level this winter. On a similar note, the cropped knit and above the navel starched garments illustrated above seem to be reoccurring on an international level (Jeremy Laing NY.)

Definite panelling manipulates the proportion and ultimately fit of relatively mundane dresses. Close fitting garments morphing structured details, most notably a flat curving sleeve to juxtapose a generic shoulder. A generous curve mirrored in the geometrically reconstructed coat, a piece surprisingly conscious of shape, a thoughtful narrowed hem eventually skimming the knee. The silhouette is defined by a robust asymmetrical collar, an uneven quality carried beyond the fabric boundaries & presented as an incomplete fringe.


Words: Scott Goldthorpe