fall collections, london: jean-pierre braganza
by Jeremy Danté
london is internationally known for their outlandish style & trendsetting ways, historically. our first runway review for the FW11 show season in london is for the jean-pierre braganza collection. innovative construction was noticed from the first look within the collection; grey, clean & sharply tailored. following within the collection fur collars, dramatic silhouettes, pony tails & slim fit trousers allowed the collection to take on a progressive feel. as a combined runway show of menswear & women swear, the innovation seen in the women swear pieces was mirrored in the forms of construction & methods of design seen in the collection menswear as well. strong shoulders, leather pants, leather gloves & thigh high boots added to the forward elements of the collection, a direction done expertly well by braganza this season. as the collection progressed use of leather patch work, horizontal stripes & even transparent tops were seen as i spotted male model, dudley of next models london within the runway cast. shots of red spiraled into the collection strict black & grey palette through complete looks & the addition of print on few of the pieces. intricacy was seen through the remainder of the collection as a stunning finale piece topped the simplified opening with an innovative & futuristic neckline. from the first look to the last, a cohesive vision was presented & well executed. i sense a bit of rebellion & though much more refined, the styles presented here are distinctively british. braganza grew up in canada & studied fine arts, eventually departing canada for london once he recieved his diploma. to his credit, craftsmanship as well knowledge & accute understanding of design was hoaned during his time as an assistant to couturier roland mouret, . in 2003, braganza presented his namesake collection. cited influences of braganza’s designs are hard rock & electro music. a strong direction & greatly conceptualized set of design. london fashion week has officially begun.