2013 MBFWA: Watson X Watson
There was a spring in our step walking into the Watson X Watson S/S '14-'14 show. Anticipation will do that to you, even at the end of three show-packed days at fashion week. This newbie brand presented one of our favourite shows last year, full of cool girl pieces that we wanted to rip off the models backs (in a friendly, non-violent manner) and wear immediately. The enthusiasm was shared, because even before the first model stepped foot on the runway there were encouraging whoops and hollers from the excited crowd. Then came the clothes. The Watson sisters, Somer and Liberty, are clearly Point Break fans - sending some very literal references to surf culture and the '90s down the runway, and no we're not just talking about the surfboard which was carried nonchalantly by one model. Neoprene racer-neck party dresses in black and white, strong-shouldered suiting and rashie-inspired turtleneck vests and crop tops gave swagger to the Watson girls' catwalk crew. Grunge got glam with plaid prints, made pretty thanks to soft, watercolour-bled edges in gauzy fabrications, and we couldn't help the Phillip Lim comparison when this killer ensemble came strutting towards us. Waist-ties are back with vengeance (as we predicted), adding tomboy appeal to otherwise flirty frocks and sheer, sequined over-layers added an iridescent sheen to bias-cut slip dresses and maxi skirts.
- Colours: White, black, grey, turquoise and pale pink.
- Trends: The '90s, surfer style, sports, front-split skirts, wrap-front skirts, slip dresses, sheer, plaid and waist-ties.
- Key Looks: A slick one shouldered black gown with scuba belt, any of the layered ensembles in plaid, a boxy-cut grey short suit and the glimmering finale, look as worn by Montana Cox.
- Accessories: Strappy, gladiator high-heeled sandals in black and white, glitter-flecked Frogskin-esque sunglasses and custom-print surfboards.