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.