Ashley Isham, a designer recognised for his signature draping and strong tailoring, offered up a distinctive blend of high-octane glamour and contemporary style.
The SS15 collection was inspired by the legendary and exotic lady - Mata Hari who is half Indonesian and half Dutch. The concept was to create the insight from the Eastern sensibility with a Western point of view.
Trains, liquid jersey slits, and silk Moroccan dresses created fluidity and refinement on the catwalk. From the beginning of the show, the models immediately jewelled the romance with India gold embellishments with floor length gowns. On the second half of the show, he sparked the design with floral embellishments and lace garments and added a subtly stylish element - elegant with an eloquent finishing touch. The collection is delicately hand crafted and draped while presenting with a razor sharp tailoring that is soft yet sophisticated.
There was however a more contemporary twist with this season’s show. The collection was urban and celebrates its craftsmanship with clean, crisp and modern silhouettes. One of the highlights is the swimsuit pieces with floral print, colourful leopard pattern with sport-wear style. The extreme opulence of the couture silhouettes emphasised a woman’s body with ergonomic construction including a multitude of shapes.
These are Ashley Isham warriors fighting for a new dawn of beauty and diversity.
By Bowen Lee, (@bowenleely).
Photos by Anai Bharucha, (@anai014).