One of the earliest winners of the Grolsch student fashion awards, and the designer of the ultimate anti-fur garment for Lynx' first competition, Roger has been quietly serving time and studying his craft in the demi-couture world of Donald Campbell. The introduction of a younger diffusion range, DCD, was instigated, designed and produced by him, becoming an integral part of the House.
His emphasis has been on quality, fit, creativity and the ability to flatter the female form.
All of this knowledge and talent has been suffused in Roger Craig Searle's first solo commercial collection.
The designer has created a beautiful, yet edgy synthesis of glamour, debauchery and anarchy.
This, his S/S 2001 capsule collection is a raucous soirée affair. The feel is of louche evenings spent in St Tropez, bacchanalian nights in Isherwoods Berlin and that tribal street look of '76.
Bleach splattered kimono styled coats and jackets are the perfect foil for delicate beaded tops and shot silk fluted ankle length skirts. Cropped 'slit back' trousers are worn with crisp white cotton wrap shirts for early cocktails and for later, there are silk chiffon scarf neck blouses.
Twisted double silk crepe skirts and coatdresses have intricate drawstring open-back details, showing a sexy small amount of flesh. Floaty doubled layered silk chiffon haltergowns are clasped at the neck by beaded macramé cuffs which also plunge beneath the neck line of the definitive smoking trouser suit.
The eclectic mix and fusion of silk with leather, lightweight wool with beaded and torn chiffon in sultry peacock colours of midnight, bronze, azure and emerald make this an unmissable collection.