Wednesday, September 21, 2011
As I walked into the Portico Room, I saw this would be an intimate presentation. Seated what I suppose would be considered front row (though there weren't many other rows), I was pleasantly surprised to see Susie Bubble take a seat next to yours truly. She relocated before the show started, but I was quite starstruck!
The collection is very sleek, quite minimal. There's no frills or anything very extravagant, though subtle shine does show in a look or two - influenced by the way her niece's cotton candy had stuck onto her clothing. Jackie Lee was inspired by 1920's silhouettes - long and dropped waists, box pleats, and a slightly subdued color palette. The shapes are slightly androgynous, but details are undeniably feminine.
The simple shapes allow playfulness within the garments themselves, whether via light, color, or texture. There's asymmetric hemlines, pencil skirts over knee-length trousers, slight ombre effects, and tied backs. The color palette is mostly monochromatic, but highlights of cobalt and peach appear.
Jackie Lee graduated from Central Saint Martin's in 2010, and received the prestigious Harrods Award for her work there. J. JS Lee was launched in March 2010, and has since become a part of NEWGEN. We can certainly expect more great things from Jackie Lee.
All photos by Catherine Everett