Ashley Williams S/S17: Teenage Angst
By Anna Ross

The designer’s London Fashion Week show was an ode to her adolescent years. Anna Ross, WGSN’s Associate Editor of Catwalks reports.

Sep 17, 2016

Ashley Williams SS17

London: The audience was transported into a teenager’s bedroom, rife with symbols of child-to-teen paraphernalia; teddy bears and balloons sat amongst empty beer cans and discarded cigarette cartons. Plastered to the walls was 90’s poster boy, River Phoenix, gazing down at the audience; Ashley Williams’ very own teenage crush. “He just got it – he was the odd one out,” she noted, as her gang of cool-kids navigated their way through the rubble in graphic jerseys layered under bugle-bead bralettes. Maximalist puffball sleeves shaped a 1980’s mood, met with nostalgic skater graphics of the 1990’s. But it was the tailoring which bought newness to Williams’ repertoire; boxy blazers rendered in dreary check or hyper-vivid florals came paired with sci-fi glasses and swinging crystal earrings, creating a high-low fusion seeped in irony.

Overall, the Ashley Williams SS17 collection was youthful and on-the-pulse, encompassing the feelings of teenage angst.  – Anna Ross


Key Trends:  Youth Nostalgia, Skater Graphics, Dad’s suiting

 Key Items: Skater Tee, Mini skirt, Puff-ball shirt, Boxy blazer, Hoody

 Key Colour:  Lilac, Marigold, Navy, Grey, Red

Print and Pattern: Skater graphics

Trims and Materials:  Cotton, Denim, Jersey, Wool, Satin

 Footwear and Accessories: Diamante hair clips, Chandelier earrings, Waist belts

Like This? Check out our New York Fashion Week coverage from S/S17 here. And check out our blogs packed with inspiring street style looks from outside the shows here.

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