Esteemed designer Ashley Isham’s Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, once again, charmed the audience with his signature draping juxtaposed with razor sharp tailoring. Revolutionising the Singaporean fashion scene, the designer played artistically with majestic gold, sumptuous velvet and stone beads.
Singaporean born Isham first began making his own clothes at the age of 12, after meticulously observing his seamstress mother’s work. In 1996, he arrived in London from Amsterdam to attend Central Saint Martins to study Fashion Illustration and the London College of Fashion to study Pattern Cutting, before leaving Middlesex University’s womenswear course to release his debut collection in 2000. The collection was critically acclaimed and since then Ashley has continued to showcase at Fashion Scout every season.
Opulence was undoubtedly the main tone of the designer’s collection with intricate silk patterns. True to Ashley’s trademark style, the silk garments draped over the models and flowed effortlessly with the high octane music. Deep red leopard print, and South East Asian tiger motifs on silk trousers and dresses, flawlessly encapsulated Isham’s heritage. Gold and black geometric star prints clashed with florals, florals clashed with animal print, and yet was perfectly balanced with black, suede, over-the-knee boots tied with coloured lace.
In the tailored pieces, utilitarian wool and leather military jackets, with dramatic, structured shoulders were contrasted with soft, muted velvet trousers. Accessories and embellishments transformed the pieces with gold shoulder amour, elaborately patterned scarves, gold winged caps and fanned pieces. A huge array of textures, prints and silhouettes all worked in harmony to create an avant garde, experimental aesthetic.
Words by Laura Cawdron
Photography by Tiffany Lin