Spring 2013 marked a beautiful and yet extremely modern collection for Golnaz Ashtiani, now in her fourth season. Inspired by the 1960s, Ashtiani’s lineup felt like a retro-inflected romp in resort wear. “I wanted to go feminine and keep the colours very light,” the designer told us backstage. “It’s a continuation from the last season with pastel colours.” A continuation in that respect, perhaps, but to us it felt a lot like a big step forward in the label’s evolution. With sharply tailored shapes and silhouettes that cut away from the body, Ashtiani admitted in changing her tune since she started out when she kept to “restrictive, fitted” shapes. With this collection, Ashtinai seems to be following in the path of another Canadian designer, Thomas Tait, who has been heralded for his innovative collections.
The styling of the show was also on point: sharp patent stilettos were paired with sleek envelope clutches created for the show by the designer. Cutler and Gross provided sunglasses that perfectly straddled the feelings of both nostalgia and futurism. The use of organza and patent leather even with the pastel palette, evoked a particular appeal of the future. “In the late sixties,” said Golnaz, “they wanted to be futuristic. I wanted to emphasize that.” In the end, the mood was one of feminine power, with a definite air of prettiness.