Where would London fashion week be without Ashish?  I didn’t realise I was creatively starving until the lights dimmed, and the first masked model walked along the gold glitter road. Rainbow glitter sequins, Luchador face paint offset against a return to slogan tees, was the breath of life I needed.

Ashish AW17 London Fashion Week

There was an undeniable underlying sadness, as the models walked to Radiohead’s creep. The soundtrack was a direct clash, to the joy we were all experiencing, at seeing the Ashish designs we know and love. For that moment in time, we were all entranced in something beautiful, with each positive mantra being reminded about the very uncertain times we are living in right now. Love sees no colour, we shouldn’t even have to say it, but it’s necessary.  Whoever said fashion was frivolous? Elements of the London Designer’s collection took inspiration from American iconography of Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago major league baseball teams.

“I would say it’s about positivity in a time of so much confusion. It’s about courage, equality, love and freedom.  The phrases I’ve used on these pieces are trying to make this statement. I think it is a wonderful opportunity because I love baseball as an inspiration for equality and unity – the fact that it was the first sport to allow a person of colour to play professionally is incredible.

This collection brings together the male aesthetic translated in the most feminine way. I think I see it this season as more like the pieces being a labour of love, with really positive messaging.”

Ashish Gupta

 

Ashish AW17 London Fashion Week

Ashish AW17 London Fashion Week

Live illustration Ashish AW17 London Fashion Week

Ashish AW17 London Fashion Week

Ashish AW17 London Fashion Week

Ashish AW17 London Fashion Week

Ashish, I very much hope to see you next season

*All photos were taken by me