Ashley Isham by Lo Parkin.
I nearly didn’t make the Ashley Isham show, but a chance encounter with a catwalk photographer on the tube home persuaded me to take a side trip to the My Beautiful Fashion venue in the heart of the city: Goldsmiths’ Hall is an ‘urban palazzo‘ that is every bit as opulent and beautiful as the name suggests.
Ashley Isham S/S 2013 by Sam Parr.
Best not to sit under one of the outlandishly sized chandeliers, I thought, as I squashed my bum into a narrow space on the front row moments before the show started: unexpectedly. No preamble, out came a lady carrying a darling little lap dog. Isham has carved out a worthy career creating glamourous dresses that can be worn to high society occasions and that is exactly what he dished up: lots of sumptuously draped frocks, cinched at the waist with a range of pretty belts; some thigh skimming, others ankle sweeping. Berry tones were joined by dirty ice, tasteful mocha and textures in the form of geometric prints inspired by Orphism, lace and chintzy florals. The latter were reminiscent of prints from the 50s but reimagined in flared columns and tulip skirts. I liked the relaxed and occasionally asymmetric rope necklines, worn with pearls and loose chignons.
Just when we thought it was all over Isham upped the ante by sending out the pup in arms once more, followed by a series of jewel coloured glossy silk dresses.
I was seated opposite Pandemonia, who was looking as fashion forward as a blow up gimp doll can, in a zippy shade of mint with a newly demure pale sorbet yellow hair do. When the show ended it became apparent (due to my late arrival) that I’d missed out on possibly the most exciting front row gift of all time: check out that parcel! It’s like Christmas time! Well jel.
All front row gifts should be wrapped.
Ashley Isham S/S 2013. All photography by Amelia Gregory.
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