London: Designer Ashish Gupta certainly knows how to throw a curve ball with his ever changing, fearless, and boisterous collections. His true talent, though, lies in the perfectly calibrated execution of each relatively over-the-top look. Last Spring’s abundance of printed pants, tough spikes and flashy sequins have given way to large-scale Aztec prints, floor-sweeping skirts and contrast-heavy print mixing, reflecting a keen sense of seasonal trends. A heavily publicized collaboration with Topshop has transformed Ashish into a household name and a must-have for the girl-about-town who want to see and be seen. Beauty and accessories made a statement of their own, toning down the sparkly ensembles with grungy beanies, fingerless gloves and scuffed boots, and polishing it all off with two of this season’s most notable hair trends — the side braid and rainbow-colored streaks. Silhouettes were loose, from pants to long boxy dresses, allowing the head-turning prints and dimensional embellishments to do the talking. Chunky, woodsy knits and draped herringbone wool offered a new look for the label, which has once again mastered the balance between wild and wearable.

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