Last season, models took to the Wizard of Oz inspired yellow brick road in a politically pumped, super sequin affair that culminated with an explosion of expressive face-paints: this time round, things were a little more stripped back when it came to Ashish’s SS18 presentation. Taking place at 180 The Strand and watched by the likes of Years & Years’ Olly Alexander, Jodie Harsh and Violet Chachki, disco balls acted as the show’s main mise-en-scene, embedded into the floor and draped from the ceiling like a 70s wrecking ball a la Miley Cyrus. When the lights came up, the mirrored reflections danced around the showspace, creating an entirely different aesthetic to what we’ve seen so far throughout LFW.
In stark contrast to Ashish’s AW17 offering, this season was pretty much entirely juxtaposed in terms of the colour inclusion. Black was at the forefront of the colour palette, with mostly monochrome tones appearing across the collection and heavy, dark eye makeup replacing the vibrant face-paint of his previous offering. Adding to the gothic edge, slogans reading “WITCH”, “GOOD MOURNING” and “REST IN PEACE” were brandished across various pieces. The ground was covered with a black gloss makeshift flooring, which further added to the atmospheric nature of the show. Despite the predominance of black, there were a few injections of colour via silver sequin tees, skirts and suits and two pieces (much to the delight of the aforementioned Alexander, who we figured was window shopping his next stage outfits).
A Fallen Angel
Headpieces produced by art and design duo Rottingdean Bazaar made up part of the final look. Almost angelic like, they had rotating lights and feathers, offering up something a little more playful in the otherwise moody collection; they also only slightly detracted from the sheer materials that were commonplace throughout.