A vein of decadence runs through the Jean-Pierre Braganza collection for SS15, despite its roots being in an observation of urban decay. An industrial monochromatic colour scheme and architectural lines are accompanied by motor engine prints, throwing another mechanical element into the mix.

The Architectonic collection takes inspiration from the now dilapidated and near abandoned city of Detroit; once the epitome of the American dream with a booming motor industry that fuelled the city’s economy. The collection acts as a bridge between the two eras, echoing its glamorous past whilst also referencing its grittier present.

Luxurious black satin and hints of lace, bejewelled embellishments and a swing coat to die for help to create both sex appeal and elegance. Looks combine soft, floaty silhouettes with structured pieces to create a dual femininity that reflects the dual identity of its muse city.

Written by Francesca Bassenger. Images © Jean-Pierre Braganza. Video source: British Fashion Council.