Masters of digital print (as they like to refer to themselves) Basso and Brooke are a pair of designers who have found a winning formula and, quite rightly, stuck with it. In times of economic hardship such as these, can designers be blamed for keeping to what they know will work and, most importantly, sell? Yes, it would be nice to see the pair tackle something else rather than reinventing their signature prints each season, but then again that is what Basso and Brooke do and they never pretended otherwise. After the first couple of looks of the duo's S/S 2011 collection, it became clear that they were very much playing it safe. Even the show notes admitted to this collection being 'their most straightforward' to date, and they weren't lying. Dresses took centre stage and came down the catwalk in any, and every, which way - skater, shift, smock - but never got any further down the leg than mid-thigh. Fine if you like minis, slightly more tricky if you don't want to show so much leg. Free flowing chiffon and silk grazed tanned skin, lent the collection a romantic feel, while form-fitting shifts with chest cut-outs turned the heat up a notch. Digital prints took the form of handwritten scrawls of famous authors and artists of yesteryear - Da Vinci, Tolstoy, Balzac - adding an antique feel to a process synonymous with modern technology, while faded florals in bleached out colours also continued the nostalgic mood. All in all, Basso and Brooke was a playful, girly and decidedly wearable collection that will no doubt find itself a fair few fans.
After the first couple of looks of the duo's S/S 2011 collection, it became clear that they were very much playing it safe.