Romantic draping with a twist of a visor – This is Ashley Isham

Ashley Isham for Fashion Monitor AW13
Ashley Isham for Fashion Monitor AW13

London Fashion Week Day 3.

Ashley Isham was born in Singapore and these days he is based in London. His show was firmly penned in my diary as a must-attend. It saw me running in flats between Somerset House and Great Queen Street, and although my ticket screamed ‘priority’ on it, I still had to wait, wait, wait in line before finally being let inside the Freemason’s Hall. My legs were near jelly.

The upper level of the Freemasons Hall is truly decadent and the production team kept the floor space very simple, letting the intricate varnished wood entrance piece be a magnificent photographic point.

Billowing prints, romantic draping, lace capes, synched waists – all very wearable pieces, adorned with laser-cut plastic visors and fanned up-dos.

A few of the pieces from Isham’s collection would transform beautifully into wedding dresses – and how about ditching the veil for a visor. Clever and iconic.

At the end of the show Ashley Isham took a full strut of the catwalk with one of his models in the asymmetric stripe gown and waved to us. Clearly very proud and so he should be.

Ashley Isham was a part of the Fashion Scout programme for London Fashion Week AW13.

Spotted Front Row #FRow was British Model Lilah Parsons – great print dress.

The location of this event was the Freemason’s Hall, Great Queen Street.


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