When it comes to an Ashish collection, expect a sequin to make an appearance. This season he created his own country – Ashishistan – drawing on ideas from traditional Russian and Middle Eastern dress to create the wardrobe for the women of his country. In reality this was him fantastically embracing the 90’s grunge trend, mixing sequinned lumberjack shirts with chunky, cosy cardigans, paper-bag waisted trousers and elements of folk detail.The look was relaxed yet striking and completed with all models wearing brogues and bobble hats.
Nathan Jenden went tribal with a vast array of animal prints this season. Leopard to zebra in the form of dresses, catsuits, hat and coats were not at all gaudy and tacky but wonderfully bright and powerful. The colour of the collection was a lovely contrast to the dominating black of the season. In an interesting twist, Jenden did not use any white models.
Photos by Jimmy James
Following on, another designer famed for his love of dresses and use of print, William Tempest was this season inspired by Islamic architecture and the Queen of Sheba. He sent wonderfully structured and tailored dresses in metallic hues down the catwalk. Black dominated this collection, as it has for a majority of A/W 2010 but Tempest lightened the mood with jewel greens and cream. A wide range of dresses was seen here but they flowed and had a cohesive nature, indicating Tempest’s skill as a designer.