Bianca Saunders is always such a treat as she always provides such an authentic expression of design. For Autumn/Winter 2020, this was no exception, as she presented a deeply personal collection, with both her Black Caribbean roots and her signature cutting capturing movement in clothes. One of the most strikingly beautiful themes of the collection was the wave like shapes on the hair of the models and so too was the wire running through the hem of a black cotton drill shirt, capturing a moment of fluidity. This felt like the primordial waters from which we are all birthed, showing how water signifies our emotional connection to our roots.
We witnessed an evolving interest in experimentation in this collection, with waistcoats being cut super-long and their points reaching the knees, while t-shirts are folded and gathered. Saunders also introduces pops of colour for the first time, such as an electric blue stretch roll-neck. The colours themselves are taken from a screengrab of a dancehall party, an image which appears on a folded and gathered black T-shirt. This was a beautiful expression of the delicate balance we all face between our heritage and the future we build towards as an individual.
Photos // Bianca Saunders
Words // Christobelle Batchelor – Fashion Director