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Saturday, October 16, 2010
Can't get you out of my head
Ladies, take note, and dash out to get A/W 2010 's 'it' accessories -- the headpiece.
It's true some of the elaborate headpieces seen in 3 shows during the first two days of the Elle Fashion Week: Kloset Red Carpet, Zenithorial and Hook's, are not meant for everyday life. But that's the point of fashion -- it's meant to inspire. You don't want to wear those metal spaceship, or letter holder if you prefer (Zenithorial) and bird's nest (Hook's) to work of course -- those are stuff of drag queen's or Halloween partties -- but you definitely have an idea that headpiece is just IN.
The bird's nest and vampirical white contact lenses aside, Hook's is worth a special mention. First, I have to admit that I'm never a fan of Prapakas Angsusingh's work although we do share taste in music. I remember my magazine journalist friend once mentioning in her interview with Prapakas that music by bands like Manic Street Preachers was played as the backdrop in his old Siam Square shop. But when it comes to fashion, we couldn't say the designer had pulled off what he had been trying to achieve all his career life -- the difficult task of marrying punk rock with the elegant and classic femininity. You ended up having a lot of layered fabrics -- crushed, draped, slashed and textured to the extremes you had no ideas what the dress was all about. It's just unbearable fashion excess.
But his Fall/Winter 2010 collection showed yesterday at Elle Fashion Week is a wonder. Prapakas has finally achieved what he's been trying to achieve all his career life. Gone were floaty chiffons in candy hues, which are replaced by thick and elegant materials like taffeta and the lovey-dovey pastels are also ditched for the sake of subtle olive green, midnight blue, burgundy and deep purple in elegant forms of pencil dresses and maxi dresses with shawl collar decorated by oversized bow at the back -- representing ladies in deserted, and possibly haunted palaces.