Cool season is upon us as temperatures drop and winter 2021 collections from Thai fashion houses have arrived.
Asava Group founder and designer Polpat Asavaprapha drew inspiration from the late Diana, Princess of Wales -- one of the world's most celebrated fashion icons of the 1980s and 1990s.
Derived from the fashion of those decades, elements and details have been incorporated into designs based on the brand's signature luxury yet relaxing silhouette for the new sport-luxury themed collection.
Key pieces include a pyjama-style shirt, a sailor-inspired shirtdress, a fit and flare dress, culotte pants as well as a rugby shirt and dress. Accessories such as headbands and baseball caps complete the sporty looks.
Fabrics include chiffon and tweed while lace is artfully incorporated into ASV signature stripes. Moreover, active textiles such as knitted fabric and jersey have been used to make a tracksuit and a cropped jacket with matching long pants.
The basic items stand out with carefully-incorporated accents and details. Techniques from 80s fashion such as draping at the shoulder or waist and waist knot are modified for cropped tops, sleeveless tops, skirts and dresses. Elastic waistbands are used for easy-to-wear chiffon long pants while contrast stitching accentuates cropped jackets and culotte pants. Meanwhile, the polka dot print, curved lines as well as mixed print technique are combined in a striking tracksuit.
A recurring floral theme takes on an oriental twist with the ikebana-inspired collection. The Japanese art of floral arrangement highlights the natural form rather than symmetrical construction in keeping the flowers alive.
Titled "Among The Living Flowers", the collection features floral prints and kimono-inspired motifs such as butterflies and cranes. Creative director Disaya Sorakraikitikul used the stencil technique to render diffused colours in giving the classic patterns a contemporary look.
Reinventing the kimono structure, the silhouette is combined with a three-dimensional floral embroidery technique while the palette leans towards pastel hues in blue, yellow, and purple.
Key pieces include a wrap dress draped at the waist, camisole and skirts with pearl buttons and 3D embroidered lace, crop shirts and flared pants in ombre yellow with signature floral embroidery, and a mini dress with a rope belt and ruffle on sleeves.
The pandemic has made us spend more time with ourselves. Creative director Netdaw Vattanasimakorn noted how music accompanied her during social distancing and certain songs drove her imagination for the "Mind Wandering" collection. The design concept interprets daydreams and explores our minds to find a good balance between dream and reality in a Covid-19 stricken world.
Moreover, the health crisis has changed the way people dress, and the designer reimagines sleepwear and loungewear as comfy outfits for the new normal.
The signature lace dress is adorned with velvet ribbons, which are often seen on pyjamas and lingerie. The lyrics of the inspiring song are an embroidered element of the design. This season, poppies bloom as embroideries such as on cotton spandex and lace dress, and as the sleepy poppies print on lightweight sheer chiffon fabric for flowing pieces.