Fashion Editor: Savannah Barthorpe
Creative Director: Christopher George
Photographer: Silvia Draz
Bianca Saunders presents a deeply personal collection for autumn/winter 2020, both her Black Caribbean roots and also her signature cutting that captures movement in clothes.
“This is a collection about my background, about my heritage, about being Black Caribbean. I used distortion, things that curved, and always a play with gender, and how we see masculine clothes,” says Bianca.
Padded jackets have wire running through their horizontal seams, creating shapes as if movement has stopped and paused. Similar within the hem the black cotton drill shirt, capturing a moment of fluidity. Bianca has developed a signature shoulder that combines strength and softness. A shoulder-pad sits on top of a sleeve-head that’s tucked in underneath, creating a correct tailored line with a shoulder that reveals sensitivity beneath.
Waistcoats are cut super-long, their points reaching the knees. T-shirts are folded and gathered. Bianca introduces pops of colour for the first time, like an electric blue stretch rollneck.
Accessories feature as a new addition, with wire in their frame as in the clothing design, to hold endless possibilities of shape. Footwear is in collaboration with Hernan Guardamagna, a fellow graduate of the RCA, with moulding that echoes the caught movement of the collection.
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