So while fashion month, let alone fashion week, has been put to the back of the wardrobe, only to be whipped out again season for another glossy feature, on nearly every other blog and publication, I thought that I would delay the joy of it a little longer. Peel off a few layers of pretense from that and I suppose what I’m trying to say is sorry once again for getting my posts up on time. So without further ado, I shall reveal what I has been lurking in the depths of my veil of a hard drive for so long.
From Beach to Ballroom at Ashley Isham
Image taken from here: http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/9HWpxaPJbNI/Ashley+Isham+Runway+London+Fashion+Week+SS15/O8QZX7N2jNk/Ashley+Isham
This season Isham was inspired by a lady with a colorful legacy, Mari Hari, who was known for her fusing of Eastern and Western influences in her eclectic style . Having gained a reputation for his ballgowns, a thread that still weaves its way through this collection, this season he has taken his expert drapery and unapologetic glamour to other occasions. You could imagine the collection being worn by the elegant protagonist of a spy movie, as she swans from through a luxurious beach side hotel, where intrigue secretly lurks. First he showed some day time appropriate looks with a minimalist focus of clean lines and grid-like details.
Then as the day moves our protagonist slips into something a little more structured for lunch. But there’s still a lightness in the dresses that although you’d get a few stares if you rocked up for a meatball rocking one, you wouldn’t look like you got confused between 12 AM and 12 PM.
Now the Isham woman moves down to the beach, either for a quick afternoon dip or to simply have a day off from her high stress job and soak up some rays. Isham’s swimsuits prove that they don’t all have to look like your old school Speedo costume and that they’re often a more chic and mature alternative. The shape of the suits suggest an influence from decades past, for example the 50s as they hug a woman’s figure perfectly and his drapery skills are again at their best.
Let the cut do the talking with this no frills attached number.
However if you feel that the the pale colour and bandage technique will make you look a little too much like the Michelin man, Isham’s also got some floral fabulousness. Despite the Devil Wears Prada rule, ‘Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.’, these swimsuits are so lively and fun that we’ll let it slip this time.
Last but not least we have the showstopper (too much GBBO perhap?) evening gowns and this is when it’s clear why Isham has the reputation he does.
We begin the evening with some pre-dinner cocktail drink as Isham showed a series of dresses with a distinct Eastern influence with obi belts, kimono-like structures and Indian-like embroidery and embellishments. The dresses were very sharp and tailored however exuded a distinctly whimsical and eccentric character that Hari was known for.
The show hit its climax as the full-length, sweeping ballgowns hit the catwalk that balanced opulence and elegance perfectly. As I’ve mentioned before, it was the drapery that was the most stunning as the fabric flowed in an almost liquid-like state across the contours of the body and the dresses almost became like a second skin on the models, heightening their drama.
Following photos from: http://thefashionscoutsept09.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/collection-ashley-isham-ss15.html
All images are from here on Vogue.co.uk unless stated otherwise.