Let’s face it, no LFW season is complete until someone brings out the tartan and safety pins in a nod to our glorious nations most instantly recognisable contribution to music and indeed, fashion. Yep, were talking about good ol’ punk, and this AW it was down to Ashish to bring the British sense of rebellion to the runway.
Set to a soundtrack by MIA, the collection featured typically punk pieces like skinny tartan trousers with zips on the knees and ankles, shredded denim jeans and jackets torn apart and held together with safety pins, Ashish updated the clichéd punk looks by adding his signature sequins to create more of a glam-grunge feel, fitting to the ‘poor little rich girl’ theme. Collaborating with Underground shoes, Ashish showcased his own take on the classic footwear of Britain’s non-conformist youth – Brothel Creepers, which came with tip-ex, allowing the wearer to customise their own in true DIY punk style.
Our favourite pieces from Ashish’s AW11 collection included the cobwebbed-knee tights (inspired by punky elbow tattoos) and the insanely cool moth-eaten holy jumpers, emblazoned with slogans like ‘Teen Idle’ and ‘Holy Crap’ (Ashish, if you’re reading, if you send those over to Tantrum HQ we’ll love you FOR.EVER.)
Ashish has a habit of epitomising cool London style and he definitely did that with this tongue-in-cheek collection. An inspiration for this collection was said to have been ‘girls wearing their boyfriends clothes’ and well, whether they’re our boyfriends clothes or not, we’d LOVE to be wearing Ashish this AW season!
words: Navneet Gill
photos: Nedim Nazerali