I know, I know, I’m normally such a fan of order, and yet here I am sharing my last LFW show with you first, even before I’ve finished my daily diaries or outfit posts. How very illogical of me.
But I just. can’t. help. it. It’s Ashish, it’s beautiful, it’s always my favourite and this season it blew everything that had come before it out of the water. I could hardly even contain myself long enough to edit the photos and write these words down.
So yes, here it is. My final show of LFW, up first on the blog schedule.
So where to begin other than love, adore, and can I have it all please? Having been to a fair few fashion weeks in my time, although I still get excited about previewing the new collections, I don’t often get that same buzz that I once had upon entering a show space and eagerly awaiting the lights down moment… and I miss it. I miss the feeling that I am privy to something that so few others will get to experience, I miss the excitement that comes with knowing that you are one of the first to see clothes that aren’t even in production yet, and I miss that butterflies in the stomach moment as the first model sashays out in front of you.
So often now I seem to be faced with plain white catwalks, solemn looking models and grey clothes (metaphorically speaking). Where are the flower lined floors, the fake snow and the models who dance down the runway with crows on their heads? Yes, I want to see the clothes primarily, but I also want to see some drama, I want to view something spectacular, I want to see a real show. Of course if the clothes are good enough they will speak for themselves, but if the clothes are good and the show is good, well then that’s the collection that’s going to stick with us and make us eagerly await it’s arrival in six months time. And even if the clothes are terrible but the show is incredible, then it’s still guaranteed to still have us all talking (Pam Hogg anyone?).
Ashish certainly has a loyal cult following of adoring fans, but is often criticised by some of the more serious fashion types for not being wearable, and this really rubs me up the wrong way. It’s a question that seems to get thrown around so often after shows, ‘Is it wearable?’ and I say ‘Who, the hell cares?’. We’re at fashion week goddammit, since when did clothes ever need to be wearable? And while we are at it, since when were powder pink sequin trousers not wearable? For me wear-ability is something we need to consider six months down the line when we get to the shopping part but during fashion week it doesn’t need to come into it. For me previewing a collection is about finding out the story behind it, ascertaining the themes that went into the designs and getting a glimpse into the designers world for a brief two minute window, and every season Ashish does that and more.
Personally I would have happily walked out wearing every single piece of the Ashish collection including the 90’s Spice Girls style platform creepers and giant tulle skirts (you only need to glimpse at my Pinterest to know I’ve been coveting a tulle skirt of late) so clearly what is wearable to one is insane to another. In all seriousness though, Ashish for me is the best of both worlds. The show is always transfixing, colourful, fun and creative. The messaging is always clear, the themes prominent and it feels as though it delves into my mind and pulls out the clothes that, in an ideal world, I’d want to wear every day.
This season I felt as though they had quite literally gone back in time and raked through my dressing up box, pulling all of my childhood memories out one by one on the catwalk, from the My Little Pony rainbow coloured hair to the tiara’s and princess skirts and fluorescent, light up when you walk, shoes. I wanted to be five years old again dressing up as a fairy princess, complete with tinfoil wand and handmade wings.
The collection began with pink, pink and more pink and the models were prom queens in the making, wearing giant marshmallow coloured tulle skirts, some with sparkly adornment across the bodice, some with sequinned patterns hidden underneath the sheer layers.
After the prom queens, came the cool kids with matching sequinned baseball shorts and varsity jacket combos, slogan jumpers with the likes of ‘New York’ and ‘Paris’ emblazoned, and my personal favourite, the all over sequin jumpsuits (my Topshop one would have been quite at home here).
Hair was wild and wavy with extreme backcombing, crimping and rainbow pastel stripes, topped off with small tiara’s amongst the bouffant and make up was colourful and fun.
The signature ripped boiler suits and distressed denim also featured but really the giant prom dresses had said it all already.
Ashish has also just announced that the brand will once again be collaborating with Topshop and those platform shoes are going to be part of the next collection so we can all have a piece of this show.
Well done on another amazing collection Ashish.
(P.S sorry for the grainy and sometimes blurry shots – this season has really hammered home to me how much I NEED a new camera)