All images in the article courtesy of Giancarlo Galavotti at IG @gc.galavotti.
Every March, Bangkok’s fashion scene buzzes with anticipation for one of the city’s most exciting fashion events — when HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya stages her annual show, unveiling the latest spring summer looks from her eponymous brand.
With a penchant for magical, otherworldly designs that are that are unabashedly feminine and sown with stories, regulars at Sirivannavari runways always know to expect a remarkable experience — from the line of looks, to a soundtrack of live music by RBSO, of which HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya is the Royal Patron.
This year’s Spring Summer 2020 show however, stands out in particular as it coincides with the Maison’s 15 anniversary. Marking the the start of a series of celebrations that commemorate this significant milestone, the collection pulls from poems by Her Royal Highness, modernised reiterations from existing signature designs, and even subtle nods to unfinished work from the past. Also included in the show are designs Her Royal Highness exhibited when she first graduated from Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne — designs which, to this day, have not been shown before.
Chapter I ‘Mythos’: “She dazzled like a million stars, more beautiful in the light of shaped moon.” — HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya
There’s a tale that takes place in a museum, where exquisite coutures are splendidly exhibited. An art collector once visited to appreciate the masterpieces, and fell for a lady as beautiful as a Greek Goddess, with eyes that dazzled like stars in the sky. Unaware of the validity of their feelings, or if there was even a possibility for them to be together, only one thing between the two was certain: that their shared moment would never be forgotten.
HRH Princess Sirivannavari heard of this beautiful tale, and drew inspiration from it for her latest Spring Summer collection. Drawing from the star-crossed lovers story, ‘Mythos Poetica’ captures the brand’s iconic ultra-feminine silhouettes, exquisite embroidery techniques, and — of course — the signature graphic prints created by Her Royal Highness herself.
With a total of 67 looks shared between Sirivannavari and S’Homme, Spring Summer for Sirivannavari offers a retrospective and rather nostalgic look back at the Maison’s previous designs. The show starts off with a coquettish Greek Goddess cocktail dress in pleated silk. Wrapped around the waist is the new logo perforated belt, while a raffia yarn midriff mini dress layered with a two tone lace vest and complemented by a soft lace appliqué. On it, is a beautifully embroidered Lily of the Valley in blue-ivy — a new pattern for this season.
Throughout the show, audiences are greeted with glimpses of the past, as HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya brings back beloved designs from previous collections, with a fresh new twist. A one shoulder top accentuated by an oversized puff sleeve in ivory silk chiffon — paired with silk biker diaper pants — brings to mind the highlight of SS2008 ‘Presence of the Past’ collection, while fringe details — an iconic technique back in the Maison’s 2009 spring summer collection — are brought back in the ivory peplum vest, which is paired with a maxi tassel hem for a prominent hourglass silhouette.
There’s even a nod to last year’s Fall Winter collection in the shoulder cut-out on the tweed biker jacket, and the delicate embroidery found on the tulle blouse transports us back to the ‘Napoleonic’ line of 2015.
Graphic prints continue to reign supreme in the brand’s DNA, with this collection’s patterns revolving around zodiac signs illustrated by the princess, along with newspaper prints.
The highlight of the show, however, were the showstopper coutures. Revealed especially for the 15th anniversary, looks included a stunning heart-shaped dress characterised by massively oversized puff sleeves, along with an assymetrical, single-shouldered maxi mermaid gown complemented, draped with a dramatic ribbon.
Beachwear and Bijoux
Of course, one mustn’t forget that this is a collection for the summer. Welcoming the sunny months ahead, Sirivannavari beachwear also plays a key role in the collection. Designed this year to empower women of all shapes and sizes to feel confident in their figures, this year’s swimwear comes in a mix of bikinis and cut-out silhouettes, complemented with ruffles coming in bold, edgy hues that go from turquoise to shocking pink. A series of activewear pieces are also available, for ladies looking to add some new life to their sportswear wardrobe.
Accessories-wise, the Bijoux Collection continues to steal the spotlight, celebrating 15 years by revisiting familiar symbols of the house. Those with keen eyes will spot the appearance of the clover leaf, heart, bee, horse, hummingbird, and lily of the house, along with the ray of light and peacock.
Scroll through the gallery below to see all the runway looks from the night.
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