Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke are taking us down the Silk Road for fall, mixing digitally created "power prints" with silhouettes from China, India and Persia. Always a fan of blending colours and designs, Basso & Brooke showed a collection of notice-me slimline dresses in both knee- and full-lenth varieties. Deep colours across the rainbow mimicked snakeskin, wicker and even marble, and the duo's subtle blending of patterns at times called to mind an ombré effect.
Besides mixing patterns, Basso & Brooke also mixed textiles - sometimes, with subtlety, sometimes by bashing fabrics together. They combined standards like gabardine and silk jersey with a wet-look silk-wool blend with space-age results. The standouts of the collection had to be the dresses, but the designers also turned out a solid range of parkas, double-breasted coats and beaded leggings. Although no one could ever compare to the late Alexander McQueen, it was touching to see in-your-face pops of colour, which for a fleeting second brought to mind the late designer's last full collection. While the fashion world still mourns, it's nice to have the distraction.