At John Richmond, the play between fabric and skin featured heavily, giving this summer collection a decidedly lighter feeling than his previous work. Dresses with embroidered organza shoulders opened the show, and separates could be imagined with something other than leather bandeaux underneath them.
In a simple palette of white, black and red these mostly monochromatic looks felt sleek. There was rocker chic a-plenty in mixed fabric and leather on motorcycle jackets, and while a micro-print that looked like animalized paisley could easily be forgotten, the sheerness of embroidered and lace dresses spelled boho rather than boudoir. Later, a more casual twist hit with a group in red or turquoise prints. Of these, the satin bomber jacket and the somewhat Seventies long dress were no doubt the winners.
At times, the silhouettes felt stretched, in parts due to overabundance of propositions, but the overall feeling of sophistication is what remained most vibrant after the finale.