1980's - yes it's flamingos , Piña Colada and Blue Hawaii cocktails yes and I am thinking MIAMI even Christo and Jean Claude's floating pink woven polypropylene fabric covering eleven of the islands situated in Biscayne Bay came to mind !! This was just the setting of Isham's combined men and women's wear show for SS17.
A lot of boys and girls strewn on the floor of Fashion Scouts main hall surrounded by yes , plastic flamingos made for a lot of excitement as guests were escorted to their seats - photographs of both girls and boys in skimpy swimwear were taken literally from every possible angle imaginable. It was really hard to keep composure .. but it was fun and then very Ashley Isham.
Born from the idea of travelling in the endless sunshine, Ashley Isham’s luxurious Spring Summer 2017 collection is on one side light, floaty and ethereal, evoking an alluring sense of mystery and on the other hand tight fitting and revealing too. In the collection there was certainly a bit for every summer occasion
Bringing to mind distant and exotic lands where sultry, shimmering air is too hot and heavy to be rushing around; the collection is full of stunning goddess dresses and meticulously matched maillots and leggings for both sexes ; specially created draped, slashed and knotted pieces;glittering, shimmering beadwork and crystals. The visual kaleidoscope of colours that make up the palette flowing between breath-taking saturated nuances to pastels.
Created for the woman who carries an air of understated elegance and sophistication, this beautiful collection is made to be luxuriated in, with relaxed silhouettes, hand sewn embroideries,
lustrous textures, gentle, furling edges, natural fabrics such as linen, crepe, cotton and voile and whip-smart tailoring and elaborate designs.
Photographer Nyla Sammons