HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya reveals her new vision for this year’s Autumn/Winter 2020/21 collection, drawing from the spirit of ’90s fashion, with a daring touch of Parisienne streetwear.
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There’s a reason we still talk about what people wore in the ’90s. An era when effortless chic, neon colours, and supermodels reigned supreme, the 1990s arguably influenced much of what we recognise as modern fashion today. For her Autumn-Winter 2020/21 collection, HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya draws from significant sartorial moments in this golden decade, adding a touch of Parisienne street style for a wardrobe of winter staples that is at once modern and refined.
Aptly titled ‘French Flair’, the collection was unveiled yesterday at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok, featuring new designs from Sirivannavari, S’Homme, Sirivannavari Bijoux, and the first debut of an eyewear line from the Maison — all presented through a collection of 38 looks (31 womenswear, and 7 menswear). With a penchant for bold, otherworldly designs, regulars at Sirivannavari runways know to expect a spectacular experience, and this year is no exception. Paying ode to freedom and fearlessness, the Maison illuminates the cool, winter season with daring vibrance and finesse.
An earth-toned palette is punctuated with dashes of neon, while graphic prints remain a highlight of the brand’s DNA, with the launch of a new signature motif that can be seen throughout the collection. Pieces draw from winter-time layering, with an unmissable touch of modern refinement that very much epitomises the Sirivannavari and S’Homme identity. Biker jackets, overcoats, knitwear, and asymmetric dresses have been beautifully reanimated with materials that call to mind images of dreamy winters — think tweed, Italian cashmere, wool, silk, satin, feathers and more. Womenswear offerings reveal a love for power dressing. A tweed biker jacket comes with feathery embroidery at the neckline; a little black dress is worn over a sensual fishnet top, accentuated by gold piping; even the tweed millinery comes with neon-coloured plexiglass detailing.
Menswear, on the other hand, pays homage to a gentleman’s inherent refinement. Essential patterns are given a modern twist, from houndstooth plaid to Prince of Wales patchwork, to name but a few. True to the Sirivannavari Atelier and Academy, the collection’s embroidery is exquisite, from feather embellishments, to the intricate play on sequinned tulle, silk satin, and lace.
Of course, one mustn’t forget to touch upon the new eyewear line — a first for the Maison. Coming in a series of hexagonal-shaped frames, the collection features sunglasses made using the finest acetate. A peacock logo dominates the temple, while designs are available in tortoiseshell, green, and brown. Accessories-wise, the Bijoux Collection continues to steal the spotlight, drawing from the Princesses’ personal sketches. The Maison’s latest iconic emblem, the IRIS collection, offers a delicate portrayal of florals, including a pendant, brooch, and earrings. As for the leatherwork, the collection aims to complete everyday-looks, and so this season’s signature bags are much like a statement piece. Edgy, with an underlying funky attitude, key options range from the boxy bag with maxi two-toned fringe details, to the two-way carry bag in nano size.
‘French Flair’ is now available at the SIRIVANNAVARI Boutique on the 1 st Floor of Siam Paragon Shopping Complex. To find out more, visit sirivannavari.com.