When The Winter Chrysanthemums Go
– Matsuo Basho
Ashley Isham’s inspiration for Autumn Winter 17 came from the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho with strong ties to the designer’s native Singapore. The eastern influence was beautifully inscribed into the classy outfits, with every single garment is proudly made in England.
The result is a luxurious collection with light and soft shapes, delicate folds of georgette and satin backed crepe which give dimension to gentle ruches in intricate blends of silk and jersey. Exquisite hand beading that’s gathered high and twisted around the neck add depth to elegant folds.
Models appeared on the catwalk with gold glitter lips and ornamental style earrings which gave ‘oversized’ a new meaning and were so heavy they had to be attached to headbands.
Carrying on from the tropical motif of his SS17 collection a flower prints ran throughout the show teamed with luxurious velvet and lace up thigh high boots that added an edgy vibe to the elegant and luxury styles.
Colour palette included bold hues as sunset orange, rich amethyst, deep blue, olive khaki and gold. Sophisticated yet fresh, emphasising body shape and movement over draped bodices. The oversized shoulder detailing complimented by small waists with gentle drapes, cascading gathers and dramatic sashes gives a sense of playfulness.
This season the designer pushes the line and its silhouettes into a new direction. The collection is powerful and provocative with understated elegance, sophistication along with an alluring hint of mystery.
Tailoring is built on cut, shape and craft that is modern and youthful. Its traditional beauty steep with craftsmanship that’s sublime. Structured pieces that play with interesting techniques of twisting delicate wool in bold, vivid hues keeps the tailored pieces special, contemporary yet still glamorous.