When Ashe released her debut album, Ashlyn, in May, she was planning a short European tour this summer, but the increase in the number of COVID quickly crushed that idea. Instead, the Los Angeles-based musician opted for a two-day stopover in London last weekend, her first time headlining an overseas show. “It was really magical,” Ashe said. “My fans are the loudest in the game. They were so loving and generous; they screamed every word of every song. I must have cried on stage about four times!
The album, which also features musicians Finneas and Niall Horan, is a meteoric debut for the singer, who now averages over seven million monthly listeners on Spotify alone. To mark the occasion, she allowed Vogue in all of her events in London, from showing us what she wore on stage in Lafayette to what she did in her spare time. (Spoiler alert: she may have visited the Queen.)
Ashe’s catwalks were all about creating fun and memorable fashion moments. “I was like, I wanna be a rock starAshe says of her gig looks. “That’s what clothes do, at least for me. It makes you feel a little braver – and bravery is pretty important when you’re about to. take the stage. “To epitomize that confident attitude, she wore two brightly flowered power suits: Stine Goya for day one and Dries Van Noten for day two.” I’m always drawn to a costume, “Ashe says.” Costumes are powerful Most of the inspirational people I admire when it comes to fashion, people like Katharine Hepburn and Diane Keaton, very independent and confident, wore costumes.
In her everyday style, she often embodies that same rocker-chic look, but a little more sober. “I love turtlenecks and button-down shirts,” she says. One of her favorite items lately? “Gucci recently gave me this pair of burnt orange velor low rise pants, they make me feel so rock and roll.”
When not performing, Ashe had a bit of fun sightseeing and visited Abbey Road and Buckingham Palace. “We had to be very touristy,” she says. At the second gig, Horan made a surprise appearance with Ashe on stage, and they went out afterward. “We went to a nice little bar and it was fun,” says Ashe. “I certainly can’t follow this rock and roll lifestyle, though. I’m generally a little more reserved on tour. I was on morning TV the next morning, I was hungover.
Now that her whirlwind excursion to London is over, Ashe says she’s filming a new music video, which involves learning to tap dance. “It’s definitely not intuitive,” she laughs. “I struggled a bit. It will either be awesome or a very cute train wreck. She is also embarking on a full tour in April next year, in Europe and North America. “When we left the stage [last week], the band and I were so devastated it was over, ”Ashe says. “The beauty is that [my fans and I] can all connect.
Below, inside Ashe’s back-to-back shows in London.