LONDON--Ashish Gupta’s dripping-in-sequins show always serves up a rollicking close to London Fashion Week. With MIA on the front row and blasting through the speakers, this season more than lived up to the last. Instead of Americana, though, for A/W the Indian designer took a budget cuts-era look at Camden punk. Spiderwebs on kneecaps were the first things we noticed, followed by holey knitwear, sequined tartan basketball shorts and a union jack vest. The clash of the tartans carried on across cocktail dresses, sweatpants, skirts, etc., all made for the cover of Nylon. There were houndstooth-print platform sneakers, shredded denim pieces held together by more safety pins than actual denim, and sequined send-ups of the Coco's classic blazer. Pants with zippered slashes confirmed a micro-trend, with similar detailing at Alexander Wang and on the elbows of Elliot Atkinson’s jackets earlier in the day at Fashion East. Slogan knits were clever and irreverent as ever. One sweater was emblazoned with the superlative “TEEN IDLE.” Platform brothel creepers were covered in a scrawl of white-out graffiti messages, including “More people read this than your blog.” Wanna bet?
**Photos by Imaxtree.