Before the London print boom with designers like Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto taking the limelight, London's young digital print specialists were Basso & Brooke. After winning the Fashion Fringe competition in 2004, Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke made a name for themselves as pioneers in digital prints which were spliced and splayed across easy, wearable shapes. With apocolyptic inspirations for Fall 2012, the pair showed a separates-heavy collection filled with bold, mind defying prints. Inspired by Matisse's paper cut era, there was a distinct lack of symmetry in the prints, making them different and exciting when shown on oversized blazers or comfortable trousers. Accessories by Borba and the Cambridge Satchel Company were hardly remarkable (please, no more satchels), but the beauty look by Georgina Graham featured a bold, two-toned lip that worked well with the bold and bright colors.
With a Basso & Brooke show, you know what you're going to get, but this season's offering was both surprising and exciting. There was nothing new, per se, but with editors and buyers finally taking notice of textile designers such as Basso & Brooke, perhaps this season could be a jumping off point to bigger and better things. Having already caught the eye of Michelle Obama, the brand just needs one big boost to launch themselves further onto the international stage; it's just a matter of someone taking a chance, because the clothes were wearable, layerable, and perfect for a modern woman's wardrobe.