Here’s a few brands you need to know from the most recent ELLE Fashion Week 2019!
Inspired by Parisian romance, the collection “Midnight in Paris” was created for it’s F/W 2019 collection. Kloset, known for its dreamy feminine vibe, once again gave us a very dreamy collection. The runway was divided by drapes of what I believe was chiffon curtains.
There are numbers of details such as writings in lipstick saying ‘Tu me rêve,’ which means ‘I will dream of you,’ and a heart waved print, Irish bouquet, mini bracelet/ ankle bracelet bags. Despite naming the collection midnight in Paris, the collection is still quite colourful. The designers told the press that they chose deep purple and red to reflect sunset and sensual nights. Moreover, a hint of midnight blue and mustard to represent the warmth of the last sunlight of the day. Sky blue was to represent the bright sky you see when you are in love. Lastly, the green was inspired by the street lights in Paris. Imagining Kloset as a sexy lady, I would say she’s a cheerful lady who doesn’t should out “I’m seducing you”. Instead, she’d be one that holds a drink while giving you a quirky wink and then giggle.
Mixing multiple textile finishes such as “100% Cotton with custom-made perforated design, 2-colored Silk Tweed, Burnout Velvet (Divoré) with diamond-shaped pattern, Silk with gold tinsel and glossy Sequins, Feather and Sequins with Beads on a see-through fishnet” and mix of prints, Kloset seems to be leading Thai audiences to try more experimental RTW pieces.
Contemporary Southern Batik by OCAC
It’s a good sign that government sectors is taking parts in developing Thai fashion scene. This year the Ministry of Culture by the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture (OCAC) brought us an amazing show featuring 15 local Batik producers from four provinces in the south of Thailand; Pattani, Yala, Narathiwas, and Songkla. The shows featured three celebrated Thai fashion designers; Sarunrat Panchiracharoen, T-Ra Chantasawasdee, Ek Thongprasert.
This is one of the show I was most excited about. the reason being my high expectation for designers to think outside the boxes while working with traditional materials or techniques. Furtunately, I was amazed by how Batik can be so sassy and classy at the same time. The photos probably tell a better story than I do.
Let’s start with the more obvious designs for batik fabric. When thinking of batik, a splash of colours immediately come to my mind. In this collection, the designer took his inspiration from his free-diving trip to Surin Islands (a diving methods without the use of an oxygen tank). Sarunrat portrayed batik prints with a fresh eye. He mixed sophisticated floral prints with traditional sea-life prints, styled with wet-hair and added a touch of blue eyeshadows. Oh, and don’t forget the Japanese inspired wedge sandals.
On contrary, T-ra Chantasawasdee took a spin on batik technique. He created new prints using ice and presented through rather structured silhouettes. Unlike the other designers who drew inspirations from the South of Thailand, he was inspired by his family trip to see Iceland’s northern light.
Being urban chic without heavily relying on ‘less is more’, Ek Thongprasert is one of the very first Thai fashion brands I heard complements from international buyers. This time, the designer took inspiration from the stories of Dutch colonialism. He found the similarities between the batik from its African colonies and Malaysia, which influences Thai batik. Intended to lessen the gap between batik and urban lives, he presented us a collection called “The reversed Colonialism”.
Inspired by 70’s rock artist, from iconic rock artist makeup looks to metallic finish material, to vivid colour prints mixed with their iconic laces, Landmee intended to lead Glam Rock trends in Thailand. It was all about the fun! Here you can see high waist bell bottom denim, seducing sheer top, velvet body suit with huge collar, huge doll sleeves and a lot of rock-star symbols.
photo by: RIN Online Media