Well equipped with an explorative mind, Ashburn Eng had an unexpected dream one night in which he pictured a monk riding on a lotus. Through the dream, he was inspired by how a single piece of precious cloth could be draped, patched, gathered, and wrapped together seamlessly to form a cocoon silhouette. This led to the creation of young&restless’ Spring/Summer 2012 collection, where Ashburn fused that inspiration with a hint of galactic Goth mood, and created an east-meets-west monastic look altogether. While offering a new direction, Ashburn retained some influences from young&restless’ AW10 collection, which was mainly inspired by the fusion of good and evil spiritual forces. This collection illustrates an extension of his interest in spiritual and austere elements, evident in the monastic looks. It also reveals a looser and lighter silhouette through sheer fabrics in black, white, stone grey, and metallic shades. Though an adventurous inspiration to take on, Ashburn still kept his signature style of incorporating stylistic pleats, ‘bias-cut’ technique, as well as parachuting effects into his designs.