TWO WORDS. ASHLEY ISHAM.
If you are familiar with his work you will know what a privilege it was for me to be able to attend his AW15 show for the second season running! Isham is always a highlight at Fashion Scout, and I got that giddy feeling just before the lights went down and the show was about to start as to what spectacular creations Ashley had in store for us!
What I love about Ashley Isham is that his collections tell a story. This season the inspiration for the collection is the creative life of a nomadic wanderer. It is a story about an aristocratic woman who is left broken-hearted and embarks on a journey of personal freedom to find herself again….
This collection showcases Ashley’s illustrious couture glamour, each piece unique and carefully crafted. Yet once again he seems to get the balance just right so that it still feels completely wearable (with exception to a couple of headpieces!)
The collection has a romanticism and avante-garde feel to it that is omnipresent in Ashley’s work, and I can’t help but feel transported to somewhere mysterious. The layering of heavy fabrics on decorative gowns in autumnal hues and ruching and plaiting of material gives the collection a roughness to it that hints at the nomadic nature of the collection.
Once again Ashley’s won us over! It can’t get better than this…can it?!
Here are a few shots I captured at the show!
Day one of LFW, I was determined to look stylish, but as I legged it across London in my vintage blue velvet platforms, channeling my inner seventies style icon Jacqeline Bisset, I remembered just how challenging it is to contend with the famous cobbles of Somerset House.
At the end of a busy first day attending shows including the Merit Award AW15, Paul Costelloe at the stunning Wardorf Hotel, and Ashley Isham (posts to follow soon!), I mentally shoved my beloved heels to the back of my wardrobe and hobbled to Shuh on Neal street to pick up a pair of Nike Internationalist trainers I’d had my eye on. Though I’m not usually one for ‘comfortable’ footwear, I needed something that would allow me to sprint from venue to venue, and I’m sorry to say heels just don’t allow that flexibility!
This season I am really excited about the seventies trend and so this was my inspiration when planning my LFW outfits. As much as I wanted to dress for S/S, the English weather wasn’t cutting it, so I teamed my Spring pastel duck egg blue skirt with pocket detail, front zip,and frayed edging from Topshop with a trusty black ribbed turtleneck from Miss Selfridge and some black suede platforms. I also wore this look with my brand spanking new Nike Internationalists for running from show to show, and let me tell you- they were the best investment yet!
Stay tuned for my reports on LFW shows coming soon! I’m also happy to announce that I’ll be featured as guest blogger for Fourth Wall so make sure you check out their features!
As those of you who have followed my blog with Fashion Strikes in the past, you’ll know that I’m most excited in discovering emerging designers. So this season, above all I was most looking forward to seeing what would raw talent would be on show at Fashion Scout, at the prestigious Freemasons Hall!
Kicking off this season was this year’s Merit Award Winner AW15, James Kelly.
Chosen from over 250 emerging designers by a panel of recognised names in the industry including Hilary Alexander OBE, Sara Maino of Vogue Italia, Kendall Robbins from the BFC and Fashion Scout’s own founder and Director Martyn Roberts, I was pretty excited to see what the Merit Award winner had in store for us!
There’s no doubt about it, James Kelly is talented.
Kelly graduated from the Royal College of Art’s prestigious Fashion Design MA to a flurry of press attention. His collection is a detailed exploration into outerwear and sportswear, but with a twist. Kelly works with the classic trench coat, deconstructing it so that what makes this piece familiar is distorted. In hues of khaki and beige, he creates a new way of looking at outerwear in what he describes as ‘a myriad of elements combined together to create something new’.
It goes without saying that I am sure we will be hearing more from James Kelly in the near future! So watch this space!
Here are a few of the pictures I took at the show…
(Camo skirt by Whistles, Leather Jacket by Topshop, pastel pink patent and suede platforms by Steve Madden, New York)
I’ve always had a bit of fashion affair with Whistles. There’s something so special about the contemporary and effortless style that dominates their brand like no other. I simply could not resist this take on this season’s camouflage trend seen on runways of the likes of Christopher Kane and Alexander Wang.
Pastel colours and jacquard make this take on camo wearable and feminine, and I love the box pleat shape which is another major trend this season and one to watch for next! Styled with a simple white chiffon shirt, I think the look is clean and contemporary, just how Whistles made it to be! Teamed with skyscraper Steve Madden’s and a leather jacket, I’ve gone for a camo by night look, but I could just so happily wear this piece minus the jacket and shoes for a toned down look.
Photo’s by CGJ