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London Fashion Week – Ashley Isham AW11

23 Feb
Last season, I was blown away by Ashley Isham’s ethereal goddess gown so I was very much looking forward to seeing the AW11 collection. The chaos and hordes of people outside the show was a precursor for the dramatic collection that awaited. The theme of the collection was ‘Enchanted forest’ and I couldn’t pick anyone more suitable to design darkly romantic and glamourous dresses for mystical woodland nymphs.

Surprisingly, the show opened with shorter dresses with a floral forest print. The form fitting silhouette and sexy cut out details ensured that the glamour Ashley brings to longer gowns was not lost. Ashley also included plenty of the show-stopping gowns he’s renowned for in murky purple-blues as well as brighter purples and red with metal embellished details and his signature twisting and draping. Metallic fabrics also featured heavily, contrasting with soft, sheer tulle and lace. 

London Fashion Week – Ashley Isham Spring/Summer 2011

19 Sep

This is probably very uncool of me to admit, but I loved the Ashley Isham invite, the details were printed on a sheet of clear plastic (there is a proper name for this, it’s stupid o’clock right now!) and a floral design layered underneath it. Silly as it sounds, it gave me an indication of things to come and boy did the show live up to the impressive invite. Ashley Isham knows a good gown. The collection started off with some slinky black gowns which I thought were a little boring to be very honest, I don’t really do black. Thankfully, the collection moved onto metallic silk which looked almost liquid before moving onto indigo, turquoise, two show-stopping marble-esque dresses, fuchsia and the finally were some beautiful wedding dresses.

The collection itself had some Grecian influences, the models looked like Grecian goddesses in their beautifully draped gowns. The sensuous, body conscious collection heavily featured bare shoulders, sumptuous fabrics and lots of shiny embellishment. There were two dresses which were short at the front and long at the back (again there is a proper name for this), I’m kind of loving them. They aren’t to everyone’s taste but they combine the sexiness of a short length with the dramaticness (I just made that up) of a full length gown. What do you think?