What Saudi Arabian designer Mohammed Ashi of Ashi Studio can do with fabric is nothing short of magic, but it is not only his results but his tirelessly inventive design process that speaks to his extraordinary talents as a couturier. Ashi, who stationed his atelier in Beirut like his mentor Elie Saab, has been something of a Middle East wunderkind, capable of expressing luxury in new, dramatic ways. For Spring 2017 Couture, Ashi Studio debuts its ‘Whispers’ collection whose architectural silhouettes speak to feats of engineering splendor.
High-necked accents on gorgeous ivory gowns speak to fashion’s Rococo renaissance, while raised and undulating peaks of a floor-length ivory overcoat are the fruits of intense craftsmanship. The aesthetic is exceptional and bold – because of his precision and vision, Ashi is quite comfortable pairing a figure-cinching embroidered jacket with walking shorts. His gowns are marvels, suspended just so from the body with rigid interior construction and surfaces are etched with tactile brocade and brocatelle textures. A scroll through this collection is a feast for the eyes, but imagine the feeling of wearing one of these unearthly creations. In an Ashi Studio design, you are more than human – a queen of your own planet, perhaps, set to conquer in clothes that are as graceful and astonishing as it gets.