London Fashion Week Report: The Sass & Bide Show

Alannah Sparks

Young, lithe and very sexy is the prevailing aesthetic at Sass & Bide. Long legs clad in gold paillettes, shaggy manes of lustrous hair and a good dollop of insouciance is what the Sass & Bide girl is all about. And there were plenty of them the other night at The Dairy, setting the mood for a swaggeringly gorgeous show from the Australian duo.

Decorating the front row was Kimberley Stewart, surrounded by a bevy of languid lovelies in leather leggings, Twiggy behind dark glasses accompanied by delectable grand daughters, and Paloma Faith, the pretty-as-a-picture “New York” singer.

The sex appeal that the Australian design duo is known for stomped down the runway in the form of bondage-style cage dresses layered over billowing harem pants and gauzy maxi dresses. Secret embellished leggings hid under a flowing white gown, and monochrome ikat pants were married with a sharp cutaway bodysuit. The hard gleam of metal prevailed –- from gladiatorial breast-plates to body-con micro-dresses dripping with hardware.

The almost exclusively monochrome palette was far from stark, and the lack of color did not deter in any way from the overall mood: hot, hot, hot. And then some.

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