Review: Shakuhachi at RAFW 2011

The summer 11/12 collection, “Block Party”, is one of the label’s most extensive yet, journeying “from the serene beaches of Saint Tropez to the villas of Marrakech.”

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I really liked this collection of sexy yet feminine separates and dresses. While some pieces are quite embellished, the designer knows exactly when to stop and succeeded in her goal of basing the collection “loosely on the ‘60s, taking what they did with their clean minimal lines and expanding on that to new shapes, new lengths, and new proportions” as she told us.

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The show was energetic and unpretentious. “We like to take the high end and bring it into wearable everyday form” Jessie says. So what will the Shakuhachi girl be wearing everyday next summer? Parachute silk-like fabrics in exuberant colours, like the pansy yellow we’ve been seeing quite a lot so far this week. Palazzo pants. Really fresh panelling of both texture and colour within garments. Easy, rather little dresses and floaty print pieces – all in all she’ll achieve the label’s claim to effortless stylishness.

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– Julie Roulston

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