Ashley Isham's Floral Autumn
Last but not least of my (untimely) London Fashion Week coverage is Ashley Isham. I wasn't familiar with the London-based Singaporean designer (yes, that's what a person from Singapore is called, I looked it up) but I was all 'ooh!' as soon as his first look hit the runway. From my fortuitous vantage point - I was directly in line with the models as they began their walk from backstage - I was in awe of the headpieces which were a mix of silk flowers, pouffy embroidered tulle, some with chopstick-like appendages finished with tassles. The more florals the better and they were echoed in the dresses as prints and lace appliques. The all-dress (+ 2 jackets) collection offered short and full-length styles (with the odd appearance by the hybrid variety, the 'mullet' dress - short in front and long in the back. Perfect for those days when you're not sure if you're party or business).
There was a bit of sheer paneling - or nothing at all - in the mid-section of some dresses, and I wondered if these were simply showpieces and the production for retail would cover up the belly-buttons and ribcages that were saying 'Hello'. I think the ornate-ness of the headpieces atop those slightly exhibitionist outifits made them seem more naked; with simple hair and minimal accessories they just might work on the right person at the right event such as the Grammys (though I think the belly button should never be the centrepiece of an outfit! Bikinis excepted).
On a good note, the one that matters, the glorious headpieces and vivid floral prints made me want to run around in a meadow until allergies would make my eyes swell shut.
Photos by Denise Grayson