Backstage at sass & bide Spring / Summer 2013

Catwalks, and the photos that capture them, highlight the essence of a collection. They give an overview but are, ultimately, limited. They hint at a collection’s vibe but never quite impart it. Nowhere is that more painfully obvious than on catwalks used to unveil the work of designers whose strengths lie in details. Designers such as sass & bide.

Glance over the sass & bide spring 2013 showing at London fashion week (LFW) and you may feel you’re seeing a steady evolution as opposed to a wholly new collection. From afar these are themes we’ve largely been privy to before. But sass & bide collections are not to be glanced at. They’re to be seen from all angles – they’re supposed to move, catch the light, and ultimately have us as voyeurs hone in on the slits and the sequins. Catwalks seldom offer up such insight.

But a backstage area does. Here in the slight fury that it takes to stage a catwalk its pieces move, they get captured from each angle, they reflect the flashes of a hundred cameras. In short, they come to life. Sheer panels you don’t see front on are revealed, and clothes are worn as opposed to simply modelled.

If you want to get a feel for sass & bide spring 2013’s collection before it hits the racks, it’s backstage that you’ll do it. And was there to capture the reality of it. Click through the thumbnails on the left (it gets really good as of page 2) to take it all in.

Photography by Imaxtree