The Joseph SS16 collection continues Louise Trotter’s vision for luxury basics; the white poplin shirt, essential black skirt, jersey t-shirts, the sweatshirt and white leather plimsoll have all been reimagined with refinement. It was the idea of uniform that drove the collection and this came through loud and clear. Trotter manages to combine adrogyny with femininity and minimalism to create such effortless looks that I would happily wear day in, day out. According to Joseph, “simplicity, functionality and ease underpin the collection”.
Fabrics (including silk organza, nappa leather, cotton and jersey) have once again been draped, twisted, wrapped and tied; in what is fast becoming a signature look for Joseph. Some of the draped skirts appeared to take inspiration from the sarong and the traditional style of tying and wrapping fabrics used in many Asian cultures. Masculine pinstripes came into play in a very feminine way, in the form of one-shoulder dresses and wrapped skirts. Nylon webbing ties (reminiscent of parachute straps) lent the collection a tough edge. Wide-leg cropped trousers could also be found on the Joseph catwalk, as with so many designers this season. Only one bag appeared in the whole show, a simple white leather folded clutch.
The palette was predominantly neutral with black, white, cream, a delicate pale warm grey, and a dusky pink putty; highlights of tan brown and yellow also featured throughout the collection but these were not my favourite pieces and hence have not been shown above.
Hair and make-up were kept simple as usual with a very natural look. Make-up was a neutral lip and a subtle highlighted eye without mascara, skin fresh but not dewy. Nails were painted with a clear gloss. Hair was worn loose and unfussy.