sass & bide AW15

After a quiet SS15 season that came to us by way of a look book, design director Anthony Cuthbertson chose London, the city where the sass & bide story first began, to present his first runway show since taking over reigns at the label from founders, Heidi Middleton and Sarah Jane Clarke. And what a show Mojo Kiko was. While the Japanese influence was there, anyone longterm s&b devotee would be tickled pink by this collection which really takes the best bits from the brands 15 year history and reworks them for 2015, as an homage to the achievements of the girls & the brand. Non-sensical at times, to s&b newcomers, this collection may seem confused and kind of scattered and possibly even copied from brands like Balmain and even Isabel Marant, but thats the beauty of this collection; it's really just for those who know because those people know the girls were doing aztec embroidery and loose exposed knits many moons ago. Revisiting tribal embroidery, sequined mini dresses and even the union jack tee, the collection is a pure exploration of the past and serves as a showcase as to why s&b rose to such great heights.

Oh and did I mention, the Rats are back? Just in time for the incoming seventies inspired tunic times, we can once again look forward to the scrunched leather look legging. Just remember, they're still not and never were pants. Footwear came courtesy of a collab with RM Williams, a nice little side project that amplifies the brands continued focus on accoutrement and leather goods. While technically, not a home run collection (due to the volume of information stylistically being communicated) this is easily my most fav show from sass to date, as it really does remind why I fell in love with the brand all those years ago. Here's to a happy & long 'the cool girl has returned' future to sass & bide version 2.