Sharon Wauchob’s SS11 collection offers the perfect solution for women who want to remain cool and comfortable in hot weather whilst never giving in to the temptation to simply let it all go. At first glance, her collection offers a casual air, but upon closer inspection, anyone who knows anything about garment construction could never confuse this luxurious minimalism with making too little effort. Hers are clothes in which their dressiness is built into the fabrics and the smallest details rather than entering the room with attention-seeking gestures.
Meticulously constructed with all of the attention to detail for which she has become known, one of the key looks that runs through this collection is the tunic-like dress with a nod to classical civilisation that remains a hot look for the summer. In Sharon Wauchob’s hands, however, this is anything but a few bits of draped fabric. Variations on the theme see her extending the now familiar Roman silhouette in interesting directions; the drop-waist skirt, the pleating and even versions that are somewhere between an A-line skirt and a long kilt. Symmetrical and asymmetric cuts are present in almost equal parts, making it a collection that’s highly adaptable to a variety of figures and body shapes.
Made from the sumptuous fabrics for which her clothing is known, here the disarmingly stark silhouettes are contrasted with the richness of lace and jacquards that retain a cool and airy feeling. Subtly revealing, they cast simple geometrical patterns over the body in some of the more translucent looks. In reality, the construction is just as luxurious: attentively finished pleating and lots of hand-finished detail. Perhaps the most luxurious of these are the black dresses in what at first appears to be part of the fabric’s pattern are pearls that have been stitched into the pleat itself.
The palette of the collection, as is usually the case, is highly restrained, almost entirely monochromatic apart from bold looks in a bronzy brown that further add to the gladiatorial glamour intimated at here and there.
Sharon Wauchob grew up in rural Ireland and, after graduating from Central Saint Martins, made the move to Paris, following a design job with Japanese designer Koji Tatsuno in the early 1990’s. . She has remained there ever since, working, amongst other things, as a designer for Louis Vuitton before setting up her own label that has steadily built a following for her unique combination of a deconstructed and minimalist aesthetic that nonetheless insists on the use of luxurious fabrics and techniques in the details and fine finishes.