LFW A/W11: Ashish

By  February 23, 2011

The Ashish show saw London’s club kids and kookier celebs (think Paloma Faith, Marina from Marina and the Diamonds and M.I.A) packing out the main space at Somerset House for an exuberant end to the women’s shows at London Fashion Week. As the lights went down, a voice from the photographers’ bank at the end of the catwalk yelled ‘the last show!’ which led to a spontaneous round of applause and cheers from the audience.

To a pounding soundtrack supplied by M.I.A. models in sequinned tartan suits that perfectly evoked the spirit of punk came stomping down the catwalk. Union Jack boxer shorts (again in sequins), grungy sweaters that were riddled with artfully placed holes and Doc Martens added to the feel that this was a collection for sulky (but well dressed teens) – think Beavis and Butthead running wild in Harvey Nicks. The models even sported convincingly matted hair and sneers.

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Jumpers cheekily appliqued with ‘Teen Idle’ and ‘Holy Crap’ suggested that Henry Holland’s got a rival in the slogan stakes. But the highlight of the show was the wittily reworked boucle jackets, reminiscent of something found in a castle’s attic and given an enthusiastic make-over by an anarchic aristo, complete with patches, safety pins and, of course, more sequins. Ashish ensured he sent the fash pack onto Milan with the firm message that when it comes to attitude, no-one does it quite like London…