By definition, fracturing is the fine art of breaking something, usually a bone, cartilage or rock. For Gary Bigeni, it’s a more cerebral notion – the breakage of an idea or the collision of opposing thoughts.

With his spring/summer 2013 collection, Fractured Appearance, Bigeni manages to dance between charming and playful, in his characteristic sophisticated tone. Clashing geometric prints and colours, along with shape and form clash and coalesce. Indeed, Fractured Appearance is a study in juxtaposition.

Typical of Bigeni is a bold use of block colour, which he’s segmented across the body. Panelled tunic tops are contrasted by colour, as are A-line skirts, shift gowns and tailored shirts. In fact, two panels in any garment are rarely the same tone.

It might not be groundbreaking fashion (the colour-blocked, streamlined silhouette continues to linger) but there’s freshness to Bigeni’s work and his pairing of design combinations seems to work effortlessly. We like it. Yarns and knitwear work back with silks, while raglan tunic tops are teamed with draped silk skirts.

Season after season, Bigeni continues to deliver a strong aesthetic that combines masterful draping, retro silhouettes and an audacious colour palette. Already proving popular amongst magazine stylists, we think Fractured Appearances might just be the perfect awakening from a dreary winter.