Ashish Gupta went on a technicolour disco trip for AW16.
The king of sequins was typically brave and brash for a collection that was supposedly inspired by a box of crayons. Cue every colour under the sun in its most vivid form sauntering, dancing and strutting down the runway: oranges, yellows, purples, blues…we could go on. And they weren’t just limited to the clothes either. Every model had vast afro wigs on in any shade but natural.
If the sequins and pastiche hairdo hadn’t given the game away already, it’s safe to say that this was a collection deeply entrenched in the carefree spirit of disco. A plunging neck play-suit in sapphire green was pretty much fancy dress in its boogie night credentials, but tongues were obviously firmly planted in cheeks anyway – see the “Gold Digger” emblazoned in (you guessed it) gold on a lemon yellow number.
Having said all that, don’t imagine that Ashish is lacking in technical skill or attention to detail. The closer you look at these eye-catching pieces, the more there astounding minutia becomes evident: edges which appear like fraying fish scales, bow shaped fastenings on a thigh exposing gown, and even elegantly cut peak lapels on a beautifully tailored gold sequin suit. Ashish and his unique balance of flash and finesse struck again for AW16.
Photography: Thang LV