Finding his inspiration in the ‘creative life of a Nomadic Wanderer’, Ashley Isham has succeeded once again in a fantastic show this AW season. With a vast array of techniques and fabrics - quilting, leather, fur, shag pile, sequin, embellishments, even holographic fabrics, they were all there - it teetered on creative disaster, and very easily could have been, but Isham, yet again, managed to rein in the crazy just enough to showcase his talent in practically every sense of the word.
The collection celebrated the female form with a aura of romanticism, and demonstrated his muse’s journey to finding herself through fashion and her new nomadic way of life, with hourglass silhouettes and feminine cuts.
Again, much like his last collection, a multitude of textures, shapes and prints, further accredited Isham with his ability to push the boundaries of fashion, yet keep the collection completely wearable for the everyday power woman. Statement pieces such as jackets, dresses and trousers were present, but pushed to an edge of sophistication with exciting print and embellished detailing, like tulip skirts lined with gold trim and heavy curtain fringing.
Although Isham continued his characteristic evening wear, he successfully tied this collection seamlessly into the up and coming colder months. With the use of heavier fabrics, added knitwear and muted tones of navy and black, he layered pieces together, mixed peep toes with tights and made this seasons offering the ultimate need-everything-now collection. A real ‘something for everyone’ accumulation of goodness.
Amongst the multitude of work, it wouldn’t be an Ashley Isham show without a little fun. Pops of pink pom poms, an expertly choreographed catwalk experience and exquisite head gear from House of Flora all made the experience one to remember.
Written by Vicki
Second Photo photographer, Ian Clark (PhotoByIan)