My name is Elle and I'm writing on All These Pretty things today because the lovely Faye was overloaded with London Fashion Week invitations, and so I was lucky enough to attend the Ashley Isham Spring/Summer 2012 show on her behalf. The Singapore-born, London-based Isham's signature draping and feminine silhouettes have made him a favourite amongst celebrities; with his designs being worn by the likes of Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, Florence Welch and Lady Gaga.
My expectations were high and I was far from disappointed; every piece was draped and shaped to perfection - feminine, flattering and exquisite. The opulence of the late baroque period, named as one of Isham's inspirations for the collection, was evident in the ornate laser-cut gold leather adorning the waists and necklines of the models, and was underscored by the unusual choice of music; a Rococo-period piece that set a mood of extravagance.
The first few dresses were simple yet stunning: draped, twisted, unstructured and elegant, in colours resembling precious jewels: amethyst, sapphire, magenta and gold, and the ornate flower-laden headpieces and dramatic white bridal veils added to the elegance and luxury of the dresses.
Suddenly, the music changed and so did the designs; the fabric flowed more freely, butterfly, blossom and paisley prints replaced solid colours and tribal tattoos appeared on the models' foreheads. The looks became more modern but also somehow reminiscent of a bygone era; an era where intricate details were considered a necessity.
The hair was also fabulous; as we've seen on so many of the S/S12 runways, frizzy tresses flowed, tamed only by miniature corn-rows at the front.
I really loved the entire Ashley Isham Spring/Summer 2012 collection and would gladly wear any of the pieces myself. My favourite look was a pink paisley maxi dress with a chunky gold neckline...just breathtaking! The show finished with a burst of gold glitter from above and rowdy applause from all around.
Thanks again Faye for giving me the opportunity to enjoy this show! I can't wait to see the shows you've been to!