New kids on the block Saunt & Sinner showed us how it’s done at the launch of their first collection on Friday night. Design duo behind the label, Emma Noble and Toni Roddie, set up the brand after graduating in Fashion Design from Grays School of Art in 2012. “The Broken Doll” capsule collection, inspired by Glasgow-born painter Heather Nevay, showcased a stunning array of luxury womenswear pieces which hinted towards both the sweet and the sinister.
The Corinthian Club set the perfect scene for the show, with fixtures draped with the duo’s limited edition 100% silk scarves. Dolls hung eerily above tables, dressed in mini-versions of the labels designs. A fitting homage to this evening inspired by Nevay’s portrayal of sinister children.
Before the show began the crowd were treated to a beautiful and haunting fashion film produced by Jamie Vincent Gillespie, which again reflected the collections duality as it played with the idea of innocence and purity tainted by a twisted dark side. It had a decidedly wicked edge, and set the mood perfectly for what was about to follow in the show.
Models stepped out slowly, entranced, and weaved their way through the Corinthian’s basement. Eye’s dark and heavy with black make-up, they personified the collection’s haunting feel. Delicate layers of silk chiffon and sheer fabric were contrasted with varying textures of felted wool, and silhouettes were exaggerated with a theatrical element. Each piece was a high fashion statement and yet was equally wearable. From cropped jumpers with extravagant shoulders and sleeves to delicate silk dresses, each design is unique and comes with Saunt & Sinner’s guarantee that no two pieces will ever be the same.
“The Broken Doll” AW2013 launch certainly caused a stir, and has firmly stamped Saunt & Sinner as one’s to watch on Glasgow’s illustrious fashion scene.
Check out Saunt & Sinner’s Lexi Jumper, featured in the latest issue of GUM: http://issuu.com/glasgowunimagazine/docs/gum_2/1
View the fashion film here: http://vimeo.com/61166431
Words: Rose Henderson
Photos: Olivia Vitazkova