by Penny Martin .

Vèronique Branquinho

There were no great surprises in Vèronique Branquinho's A/W '06-7 collection, but then, flitting from one concept to another is not the name of the Belgian designer's particular game. Creating reliable, elegant daywear for thinking, young women is more Branquinho's stock-in-trade, and how often does that market change their mind about how they would like to look? All the familar VB components were present and correct: the brilliantly cut tailoring (her 'Poison' trousers are best sellers for their plastic surgery-like properties); pintucking and Edwardian necklines with curving yokes that trace the breastbone; rather crafty, multicolour knits and some liquid satin that provided the only colour (absinthe green and oxblood) against the mostly gothic colour scheme. Tip: if you look closely, you will see a model striking a pose behind the parting of the curtains. Could it be SHOWstudio contributor Jean-Francois Carly shooting another of his 'behind-the-scenes-at-the-show' films?