Saturday, 27 February 2010
FASHION - Ashish AW10
Definitely one of my favourite shows of this fashion week, Ashish showed us how to dress down our sequins with masculine pieces and super-chunky knitwear. The SS10 collection was all about nods to Europe and this time round it was back to the East.
I loved the background notes for the show which set a scene of a country called 'Ashishistan', a former soviet republic known for its beautiful women. It tells a story taking us through the different fabrics, styles and designs that make up this new collection.
I loved the cable knit effect tops which took the cricket jersey to a whole new level. The colours were beautiful, everything from yellows and vibrant oranges to purple, light blue and red. The striking sequins and bold patterns were toned down with the use of chunky knitwear, tweed tailoring, paper bag waisted trousers. It was glamorous eastern woman meets New York homeless guy and I don't actually mean that in bad way.
Fingerless gloves,l knitted beanies and messy plaited hair made sure the collection wasn't too polished or 'evening'. This is laid-back daytime dressing with sequins thrown in for good measure or if it were worn for evening occasions then we've discovered a way to make it effortless and comfortable without baring much skin. The models all wore patterned socks and manly shoes, again dressing down those fabulous matte sequins.
Another thing I loved was the black, red and white backless dress which draped beautifully over the model's body. The patterns throughout the collection were reminiscent of exotic tapestries or rugs but still with a touch of the unexpected - teddy bears!
All in all, a fabulous collection with a great story underpinning it.
I spotted Paloma Faith engrossed in the collection as the models walked by and she was wearing these 'skyline' trousers from the designer's SS10 collection. Nicola Roberts hair was truly gravity-defying as always ad she opted for a simple striped blouse and jeans as her fashion week outfit for that day.
Buy Ashish at Browns