Ashish swerved from Camden punks to Arles gardens for his S/S 12 show, presenting a bouquet of floral looks slathered in his signature sequins.
The influence of Vincent Van Gogh was apparent from the first look: sunflowers strewn on a Breton-striped tunic, with a straw boater of the type favoured by the postimpressionist on top. Other looks contained a garden of flora, with poppies, sunflowers, lilies and rosebuds playing across backgrounds of leopard-print or bold blue lines
Sequins may have been the main idea at work, but the loveliest required looking down. Models wore battered Dr Martens with wildflowers tucked into the high-tops and secured under the laces, shedding a path of flowers as they stomped. The effect was that of a winsome scarecrow-girl.
Not that it was all tunics and mini-dresses: denim came sequinned, with a rope belt securing the paper-bag waist. Brickwork-patterned sequins on gym shorts read like bandage stripes. A sweatshirt with a sequinned flower emblem could be the novelty-knit heir to this seasons Rottweiler-emblazoned jumpers from Givenchy.
This was the softer side of designer who, in recent collections, has invoked consumer culture and teen rebels as his inspirations. Those references brought anger where this brought wildflowers--but the designer's sense of fun binds them all.More