Sunday, 19 September 2010

LFW - Ashley Isham's Dresses and Headdresses for SS11

LFW - Ashley Isham SS11
One of my favourite dresses, an easy-to-wear little cocktail number.

I missed Ashley Isham last season but heard good things so I'd been looking forward to the show which was held on Friday. The collection was a mixture of striking cocktail dresses, glamorous gowns and bridalwear with models strutting their stuff to cheesy tunes. There were what seemed like two personas in the collection, the bright, colour blocked, graphic pieces and the softer items with feather detailing, metallics or sheer fabrics. Personally I much preferred the latter, although some would accuse it of being the less adventurous part of the collection, the draping and movement in the material was really beautiful.

LFW - Ashley Isham SS11

The most talked about part of the collection across the blogosphere has to be the headdresses which were fabulously frivolous, but a perhaps bit too colour-chaotic for my liking. Opinions have been mixed about the collection though and I do think some of the plain pink and plain blue dresses didn't quite live up to the rest of the collection.

As someone who has never been bothered by the whole dream wedding fairytale, I did find myself imagining walking the aisle in one or two of the bridal gowns. Beautifully cut with with a fitted, detailed bodice and ruffles of chiffon underneath - what's not to love? In fact the backs of these dresses were even more exciting than the fronts. See below...

LFW - Ashley Isham SS11
LFW Ashley Isham SS11
LFW Ashley Isham SS11
LFW Ashley Isham SS11

Celebrities spotted wearing the designer include Pixie Lott, Florence Welch, most of Girls Aloud, Estelle and Tess Daly. I wonder if front-rowers for this show, Paloma Faith and Shingai Shoniwa (of the Noisettes), will be spotted in Isham's new designs any time soon. Here's what I reckon they might have liked (though from my position, I could see which pieces they loved as they clapped and cheered for them).

Paloma Faith and Shingai Shoniwa

LFW - Ashley Isham SS11
My pick for Shingai: The retro print should appeal to this vintage lover.

LFW - Ashley Isham SS11
My pick for Paloma: She's partial to statement headwear so the headpieces are just perfect for her.

Check out some of the other stylish attendees for the show over at the On|Off blog. I've saved lots more photos of this show at my Flickr page.
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