Arthur Mendonca F/W 2012

There are designers who have a clear and descriptive vision when creating their collections and are easily described when seen on the runway. For FW 2012, Arthur Mendonca made the audience guess. Yet, after viewing the 37 runway looks, no one was complaining.

Starting off with a patent leather trench in fuchsia, the crowd knew it was in for an interesting show. The separates for the “ladies who lunch” crowd (tops, skirts, pants, jackets and coats) were a looser fit, yet still tailored.

Amongst the teal, plum, and yellow were the standard neutral palate of blacks and greys and camels. There were more colours and textures seen on this runway than other recent shows with paisley prints, silks and lace, wools, furs, and lots of leather (a cropped leather bomber was on a few must-buy lists).

The cocktail dresses and gowns left many women whispering “I want that” with every new look that passed them. The metallic pink was a touch 80’s, but the styling by George Antonopolous (which included PVC leggings and boots) and accessories by Dean Davidson brought a subversive edge to the lofty attitude of the collection.

Overall, the collection looked like money; the Upper East Side kind of money. And, no one could put a price on that kind of inspiration.

Written by Steven Carver

Photos courtesy of Steve Alkok (

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