For his SS’14 Show, Black Cross, blocking off Las Palmas Avenue at Hollywood Blvd (during rush hour) was not his only challenge. The clothes must be fitted, the hair must be done, the press must be notified, and – oh yeah – the guests must be invited.
Lucky for him, Ashton is no stranger to outfitting celebs like Justin Bieber, Cher and will.i.am (amongst many more), so it’s no shock that his list of attendees was quite impressive. From R&B sensation Miguel, to Baby Daddy‘s Tahj Mowry, fans and friends were out to support the designer’s return to LA Fashion Week. Semi-Precious Weapons, Colette Carr, Mario, Mindless Behavior, Hana Mae Lee, Jeffree Starr and Adam Lambert were just a few of those seated front row – ogling the new looks on each model that rocked the slick charcoal runway in their Dr. Martens.
Hairstylist for the show (and good friend) Hector Pocasangre of Plaid Studio said:
“The show was a presentation for the masses. Bringing inspiration, innovation, and a new look to ‘Tomorrow’s Fashion’.”
SOCIALITE LIFE was able to catch up with Ashton just after the show to chat about the collection:
SL: What can SOCIALITE LIFE readers expect from this collection that differs from the Fall 13 collection you showed back in February?
AM: I brought a more ” across the board” wear-ability to this collection. Many pieces I started off making for the men’s line ended up in the women’s line. As the line developed I realized that the androgynous esthetic I’m know for has never been more present . Balancing that with some sheer silk, I think this collection really gives the reliability that the FALL 13 collection lacked. I left some of the Goth fetish at the door and infused a more approachable collection as a whole.
SL: Can you sum up your inspiration for the collection?
AM: “Jewlo” – Hasidic Jew and ‘Cholo’. Both worlds are polar opposite, yet brand themselves with visual representation and a sense of pride that is identifiable for the masses to see. A sense of pride that is incomparable to most.
SL: Usually SS collections features a lot of color, do you have any advice for designers that like to stick to a black & white pallet?
AM: Don’t be a trend or a forecast. Be you craft. Ignore the stereotypes protocol . It will get you much further than you think…
Check out the gallery of his SS’14 collection “Black Cross” and comment below on your favorite look! Don’t forget to follow Ashton Twitter for all the latest fashion updates!