Since HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya decided to put together a fashion show for her autumn-winter collection for the first time back in 2019, loyal fans and stylish denizens of Bangkok always leave their schedule open for the month of October (which was push to November this year due to Covid-19) in anticipation for the royal designer’s unveiling.
Pared down compared to her majestic, full-scale spring-summer show in March, the autumn-winter leg of Sirivannavari’s runway show makes it a tradition to let the country’s luxury hotel play host to the event with Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok being the chosen venue this time round. Limited and more exclusive, the Sirivannavari AW2021 show may welcome just a small number of VIPs and media, but the presentation is far from low-key. Staged outdoor, models strut around the picturesque Central Courtyard under the warm evening sunlight. The chunky winter wear with knits, tweed and leathers, and an unmistakably Parisian vibes breathe a unique perspective against the backdrop of the Jean-Michel Gathy-designed architecture on one side, and Chao Phraya river on the other. It took some time to digest these opposite forces, but it’s novel, nonetheless.
“The Other Side of Midnight”
Using luxury hotel as a location aside, the Sirivannavari AW2021 “The Other Side of Midnight” collection stays true to Sirivannavari’s autumn-winter spirit in the way that it sticks to sensibility more than storyline. Contrary to the elaborate, imaginary fantasy the princess usually uses as the foundation for her spring-summer collection, the autumn-winter offerings are more about sartorial characteristics and style, or more precisely Parisian style. The semi-couture signature is reinvented with a touch of French mystique, giving it a bold, sensual and daring edge. Masculine silhouettes with feminine accents and vice versa, the show features refined styling to accentuate female empowerment.
“Signature silhouettes have been reanimated — identifiable, yet different every time — using luxurious and wintery materials such as tweed, Italian leather, brocade, duchess satin, and French feathers. The fascination of this collection distills elegance and the current youth, with designs that range from the leather biker jacket to the asymmetrical dress, the lingerie dress, a blazer with corset detailing, a satin evening gown with cut-out details, the new leopard print, and the Maison’s first ever ‘Lucky S’ monogram motif,” said HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya of the collection.
Comprising of 44 looks, 33 womenswear and 11 menswear, the Sirivannavari AW2021 collection features best-loved Sirivannavari staples such as tweed cropped jackets and coats, leather trousers, asymmetric skirts, bustiers, tailored jackets and leather biker jackets with intricate, uber-feminine details like feathers, laces, ruffles and embroidery as well as the princess’s signature print which, this time, comes in the form the Maison’s monogram, named ‘Lucky S,’ appearing on blouses, pants and scarves.
Celebrating the refinement of a gentleman, the menswear collection from Sirivannavari AW2021 sticks to its impeccable spirit. Essentials with heritage patterns come with a modern interpretation and casual twist, with a touch of Parisian flair and a little of flamboyant glamour (Yes, faux crocodile skin, that is!). Sporty bomber paired with suave carrot trousers while utility pieces like safari jacket with drawstring breathe a fun, modern spirit into classicism and sophistication. Accessories include lace-up shoes with the ‘S’ logo emblem; faux crocodile leather loafers in prune, latte brown and moss green, with a metal emblem featuring the Maison’s peacock logo, and a tote bag in black crocodile leather.
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