That's not to say Aje.'s signature sparkle has left the building - far from it. Although the show opened with earthy neutrals and natural fibres, before long glittering garments appeared on the runway to dazzling effect, on maxi dresses, corsetry and even suiting. Just like the silhouettes, the embellishment has been scaled up a notch - think dramatic floral graphics etched in sequins and all-out black and gold sequinned dresses. But what caught my eye the most were the pared-back pieces with ankle-skimming hemlines, which signalled a more grown-up direction for the label.
Sandy neutrals, relaxed shapes and raw textures - the looks Aje. opened with were earthy and organic. Models walked in flat leather slides, adding to the air of breezy '70s chic.
Understated prints, sheer fabrics and billowing wide leg linen pants had us longing for balmy summer days and heralded a shift towards more tailored piecs at Aje.
Aje. introduced a softer take on monochrome, working bone with charcoal for striking asymmetrical designs. Visible stitching gave pieces a slightly tribal, hand-crafted feel.
We were beginning to think we weren't at Aje. anymore, until we spotted the label's signature zigzag hemline - but with a twist. In place of thigh high sequinned minis, the distinctive hemline appeared on knee-grazing tweed skirts.
Part Puritan, part Little House on the Prairie - button-down charcoal dresses were given an of-the-moment spin thanks to the statement neck scarf and embellished bell sleeves.
The classic sleeveless trench is set to become your must-have trans-seasonal piece. At Aje., it was worked back with blue denim culottes for a wearable weekend look.