When The Winter Chrysanthemums Go
– Matsuo Basho
Isham’s inspiration for Autumn Winter 17/18 came from the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. Evoking a Rhapsody of a Southern Winter’s Night of a distant world just beyond the horizon with its exotic long languorous enchanted evening that’s stark, yet gilded with a freshness that’s innocent and intricate by the romantic delicate hand embroideries.
Delicate folds of georgette and satin backed crepe give dimension to gentle ruches in intricate blends of silk and jersey. Plaiting, pleating and exquisite hand beading that’s gathered high and twisted around the neck add depth to elegant folds.
The luxurious collection with its ethereal lightness, tenderness and soft shapes pushes this line and its silhouettes into a new direction. This season welcomes bold hues including sunset orange, regal amethyst, deep blue, olive khaki and opulent gold. It is sophisticated yet fresh, almost dreaming often through rose-tinted glasses, emphasising the languid body shape and movement over draped bodices. The oversized shoulder detailing complimented by small waists with gentle drapes, cascading gathers and dramatic sashes gives a sense of playfulness.
This season, Ashley’s tailoring is built on cut, shape and craft that is modern and youthful. Its traditional beauty steep with craftsmanship that’s sublime. Structured pieces that play with interesting techniques of twisting delicate wool in bold, vivid hues keeps the tailored pieces special, contemporary yet still glamorous.
“Effortless, irresistible yet delicate. Powerful and provocative with understated elegance, sophistication along with an alluring hint of mystery”
For this special occasion, three limited edition bespoke vivid colours prints were created. Called “Starry Nights”, “Regal Azalea” and “Winter Chrysanthemum”, created in diaphanous georgette, sumptuous velvet, structured scuba, super jersey and knit.
Sometimes in the waves of change, we find our true direction.
Every single garment is proudly made in England.