Ashish is always such a spectacular treat for the senses and AW20’s offering was no exception! This show was the perfect antidote to the sometimes-overwhelming sense of malaise we are bombarded with daily.
Ashish is the King of the sequins and he hit us with renewed aplomb. Larger paillettes were layered to mimic the dreamy shimmer of hazy watercolour brushstrokes, while granular sequins were fastidiously beaded to recreate and reinterpret nostalgic visuals. The chosen materiality served as the lynchpin for this ode to joy. “Using sequins has always been an act of rebellion,” says the designer. “It’s a medium that people aren’t necessarily very kind to, but there’s just something so joyous about it.”
These were looks seemingly created for Holly Golightly’s edgier sister, with prints galore full of polka dots, zebra stripes and leopard spots, as well as blockish geometric patterns, metallic Art Deco swirls and bright daisy splotches. Delicately clumped on striped mini dresses and mock neck evening gowns, they called a glimmering lurex knit to mind, and with a red and black plaid effect, we were gifted a disco-ready take on a macho-man’s lumberjack shirt. This process of elevating the identifiable and the mundane through such intricate handcrafting speaks to the joy to be found in fantasy. Ultimately, if we all begin to tune into the vibration of joy and love, the distorted tones of fear will have no choice but to harmonise.
Photos // Ashish
Words // Christobelle Batchelor – Fashion Director