Delhi-born designer Ashish Gupta is known for mixing sequins with sportswear, and his new spring collection shown Saturday at London Fashion Week delivers both with aplomb. Models — including a couple of male ones — wore torn jeans, hoodies, racer back vests, denim jackets, animal prints and colorful stripes, all totally covered in sequins. Mismatched colorful socks and punk hair complete the look.
The clothes are pretty out there, but it's the humorous accessories that got everyone talking. Models carried a sequined version of plastic grocery carrier bags, the kind you get when you go to a no-name corner store. For effect, the bags were bulging with a pineapple or bananas poking out.
As if that's not enough, Ashish also sprinkled the Coco-Cola logo (sequined of course) throughout and got models to wear huge metal tribal crowns and heavy necklaces. To close, two models, one male and one female, came out wearing the crowns and a sheer net outfit, holding hands.
It's a big mash-up of pop, urban, glamorous and ethnic dressing, and it's not for everyone. Ashish has dressed celebrities from Madonna to Katy Perry, and it's those kinds of big personalities who will relish wearing clothes like these.