Our verdict: The entire collection, and show itself, had a strength of energy one struggles to find elsewhere at fashion week. Loose interpretations of traditional Indian dress were realised in rich, bright colours and intricate embroideries. With long-line loose fitting tunics, sweeping beaded veils and one shoulder tops there were whispers of the traditional sari and kurta, but each was worn in an entirely contemporary manner – often paired with a slogan t-shirt (as is Ashish’s predilection).
Henna covered the models hands and feet (they were barefoot of course), and each was adorned with bells, oversized jewels, tikka headpieces, long thick plaited hair decorated with fresh Jasmine flowers and Pop/Club kid and Kali-inspired make-up from Isamaya Ffrench. The gender-fluid collection was presented under a sparkling canopy of fairy lights (of course) and Ashish took his bow in a t-shirt that had ‘Immigrant’ written across it. A fitting reminder that some of our best creative talent comes from far away.