It was a homecoming of sorts for Australian design duo Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton of Sass & Bide, who were back in London on Friday night to show at Fashion Week. Clarke and Middleton started their brand 10 years ago by selling jeans at the Portobello Road Markets in Notting Hill, and quickly gained a cult following for their denim and It-girl party frocks, which are seen on celebrities such as Kate Bosworth, Kate Moss, Mischa Barton and Nicky Hilton. After returning to Oz to grow their business, they headed to New York, but decided it would be more meaningful on their 10th anniversary to show in the city which gave them their start.
Their Spring/Summer 2010 collection is apparently inspired by South America (well, Argentinean gauchos according to the show’s programme), and there was something of an Aztec theme going on with mucho embellishment – beading, studded and jewelled collars and harnesses and sequins aplenty. Dresses were short and tight, harem pants were seen more than once (eek), and we’re thinking that SS10’s answer to the famous Black Rats leggings will be the gold ‘The Afterworld’ fishnet tights you can see above, complete with knee pads and yep, more beading.