Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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London: “A visually ironic take on urban/rural work wear” was how Ashish Gupta described his current fall collection. Irony has always been a key element in Ashish’s cheeky collections, so this season’s offering should resonate with the quirky label’s followers. Gupta opened the show with a neon yellow work vest that mimicked the high-visibility versions worn by road crews, except this one was made from pavé sequins. The pants it was styled with featured ergonomic patches in graphic shapes. The designer went on to piece trompe l’oeil suspender belts onto sweaters and sweatshirts. Durable nylon was used for anoraks and roomy pants, and denim, one of the original workwear fabrics, appeared in the second half of the show. Gupta used a variety of washes and pieced them together for overall dresses and a range of separates. Houndtooth patterns, checks, and plaids – though not necessarily connected to the workwear theme – popped up throughout. Created with Gupta’s signature sequins, the patterns added sophistication and shine. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Slouchy / Columnar / Boxy on top / Billowy / Long layers
Color: Neon yellow / Black / Optic white / Caution orange / Red / Oxblood / Burgundy / Navy / Slate / Pale grey / Faded denim / Rich brown / Silver
Key Items: Neon vest / Trompe l’oeil sweatshirts / Pieced denim separates / Sequined houndstooth slip dresses
Materials: Denim in a variety of washes / Fuzzy medium-gauge wool yarns / Sweatshirt jersey / Nylon
Print + Pattern: Houndstooth / Plaids / Checks / Color blocking / Horse head graphic / Slogans / Trompe l’oeil utility belts
Details + Trim: Matte, shiny, and holographic sequins / Piecing / Drawstrings / Elastic waistbands and cuffs / Fringe trim
Accessories + Footwear: Pointy-toe pumps
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