Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Ashley Williams' Favourite Things

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Cats, dogs, shoes and tattoos, these are a few of Ashley’s favourite things, and this season’s collection celebrates the characterful and iconic individual through matching mohair granny separates, knitted in neon with punk cliches and cutesy cartoons, and photographic print shift dresses.

Proportion is paramount on oversized tulle gowns, graphic airbrushed T-shirts and puffball party frocks. Feathers, diamante, bugle beads and exaggerated bows embellish every quiet moment into a cacophony of curated chaos. Trawling through old samples and dead stock, Ashley decided to up-cycle and down-cycle her references. She called forth Hogwarts school chum, the artist and designer Claire Barrow to collaborate on a ball gown, and they dismantled their past and put it back together in a beautifully wrong way.

This drag on a dime rides a rail between cheap and extravaganza, tacky and opulence. Acid wash denim, raw silks, boucle wools and plaids made of recycled plastics.

Styling - Danny Reed and Danielle Emerson
Photography - Getty
Casting - Danny Reed and Danielle Emerson
Make up - Janelle Geason using Aveda
Hair - Alex Brownsell using Bleach London
Nails - Roxanne Campbell
Production - Blonstein
Set - Alice Kirkpatrick
Release - Ben Reardon
PR - Lobby London