Bianca Saunders Presents FW22 Collection Titled “A STRETCH”
Exploring illusion and timeless designs in her Paris Fashion Week runway debut.
Recipient of the 2021 ANDAM Fashion Award and accomplished British designer Bianca Saunders made her Paris debut for Men’s Fashion Week. Entitled “A STRETCH,” the Fall/Winter 2022 collection celebrates the designer’s Jamaican heritage while reinventing menswear through a feminine perspective. Held at the Palais de Tokyo, an audience of 60 masked guests were invited to witness the magic of Saunders’ artistry and craft.
The 30-piece collection places an emphasis on timelessness—not being restrained to a certain trend or point in time. “Nothing about my brand is trend-based,” says Saunders. “That’s partly down to me being a little more sustainable, but also because I think this allows someone to really be an individual. Following trends strips you of that.” Backed not only by her designs, but through the diverse and age-inclusive casting for the show, Saunders is committed to making a lasting impact in the realm of fashion.
“A STRETCH” opened with a black and white warped check print ensemble, creating an illusion of a cinched waist that allows for fluidity in movement. These technical nuances continue throughout the collection seen in the beige suit pullover fastened with press-studs and denim trousers with inseams engineered to the front.
“I wanted to curve inwards, highlighting the slimmer male torso, and not swamp the body in fabric as you see so often in traditional menswear,” Saunders remarked. “I want this collection to be for people who want to attract someone else, it’s sexy and should make you feel good, but I also want it to make men feel good in their bodies.”
Saunders succeeded in designing a collection that pushes boundaries for modern day menswear. Exploring new techniques and experimenting with patterns allowed the young designer to create clothing that is flattering to the male physique through the development of silhouettes that are typically not showcased in men’s fashion.
Bianca Saunders’ FW22 “A STRETCH” collection can be viewed in the gallery and video featured above.