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Osman’s Garden Party Delights

Cocktail dresses inspired by many different eras resulted in a romantic — albeit disjointed — collection.

Osman’s SS’19 presentation took place in a small patch of greenery, hidden in the heart of Covent Garden. Through the Phoenix Garden — all winding pathways and quiet little corners — wove a procession of models. It was a true garden party, inspired by “the most spectacular gatherings of the last century,” with dresses in all manner of shapes and sizes.

As if ticking off tried-and-tested styles from a checklist, there was a dress for every occasion: one in ruffled gingham, one in black velvet, another in cobalt and black animal print, one floral bohemian, and a chinoiserie-inspired mini dress. Scattered throughout were a number of suiting separates in conservative cuts but a variety colours — from classic black to metallic animal print jacquards — covering all the bases.

Individually, each was perfectly lovely. As a collection, it felt disjointed, with no clear aesthetic theme running throughout. Perhaps narrowing in on a time or place would have lent to a more cohesive outcome. But with a nonlinear collection such as this, Osman is catering to a myriad of styles, and is bound to strike a chord somewhere.