Photos by Giancarlo Galavotti at @gc.galavotti
Local fashion enthusiasts and style connoisseurs know that they always have something to look forward to in March, right after the global fashion week season comes to an end earlier in the month. It’s during this time when Thailand’s beloved royal HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana will stage her annual fashion show for the spring-summer collection.
Premiered at the Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon, Sirivannavari SS2019 collection sees the princess exploring a concept/ idea she rarely touched before. Usually one to favour romance with historical setting, Princess Sirivannavari takes her theme forward this time round — combining futuristic silhouettes and textures with a colours rich in natural inspirations, and exquisite craftsmanship from African Maasai tribe. The Sirivannavari SS2019 collection is rich in heritage, and yet look straightforward to the future with positive outlook.
“The collection is about our journey to this new world called ‘Naravanna.’ This world is a world of peace, of happiness located in a universe far away and it’s devoid of old civilisations. All living things you see in this world have mutated from their originals. The environment and these new creatures are the inspiration behind this collection,” HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana talks about her latest runway work “Abode of Metamorphosis,” referring in particular to structures and details inspired by computer mainboards, African-influenced craftsmanship and space-age aesthetics.
The overall silhouette is complex, with layers of fabrics and techniques come together on deconstructed, mostly asymmetric forms. Princess Sirivannavari combines 3D pleated fabrics from Gérard Lognon workshop in Paris with diamond quilting as well as craftsmanship techniques from Maasai tribe to create a collection rich in textures and dimensions. Futuristic materials like lurex is always used extensively to convey space-age sensibility, most strikingly in a tweed lurex skirt suit, parka coat and quilted metallic peplum dress. When the collection isn’t futuristic, it sticks to Sirivannavari’s signature romantic sensibility — flowing, ethereal, draped dresses with heavy embroidery details, including a lot of colourful feathers this time round. Her love for accessories — which sees her having a separate accessory line Sirivannavari Bijoux — is translated into her ready-to-wear collection with the use of jewellery as detail elements in the clothes with materials ranging from crystals, pearls, beads as well as metal hoops.
See the collection here and visit www.sirivannavari.com for more details.