01 February 2012

Bastyan Spring Summer 2012

I enjoyed the opportunity to check out the Bastyan Spring Summer Collection last week.

Created by Tonia Bastyan, this is the line's fifth season; it launched in Spring 2010 aimed largely at the 35 plus market, but there is lots here to appeal to women from their mid twenties onwards.

The collection is designed to be practical and stylish and this season sees more separates and accessories than previous collections, which were characterised by more structured evening wear.

The colour pallete is chic and wearable: neutrals, chocolates and khaki complimented by vivid corals, tangerines and flashes of lime. The standout pieces for me were a  soft tan leather dress finished with grey marle jersey, and a fitted coral pencil skirt with a black and gold waist band (both pictured). 

The Spring Summer collection incorporates Collaborare, Bastyan's debut collaborative collection - the intention is to collaborate with different artists each season. Textile designer Vanessa Harrington and master of drapery Yong Fong have teamed up with the label on this limited edition, 7 piece collection of stunning prints.  The designs are pretty subversive: what look like butterflies or flowers are actually, on closer inspection, scientific imagery from DNA coding, fingerprints or x-rays.  I really like this element of surprise, and the prints feature on dresses, tunics, scarves and some lovely little cups and saucer sets, too. 

Do you like what you see? There will be a few more pictures up soon on the Fluff and Fripperies Facebook page, and you can find Bastyan at Brown Thomas nationwide.
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