On the Runway
Fans of “The Face Thailand” know what we’re talking about here. What’s hot on the runway this season is attitude. How does a state of mind conveniently translate into fashion, you ask? Through new combinations of complementing colours and a bold feeling that you, the wearer, want to do something different. Some outfits might show some skin (Pitchana’s “Upper East Side” is a good example) while others stay conservative. What defines the style is the spirit of the person wearing it.
Bright hues and loud patterns capture the vibe of season. Collections like Senada’s “Into the Woods,” with skirts that pop paired with pleated tops, embodies the sort of light-hearted, out-and-about nature of summer in a Pacific Northwest kind of way. And Kloset’s “Woman on the Moon” neatly straddles the line between retro and tropical with wide, boho headbands and fresh, colourful patterns.
Major players in the Thai fashion scene, like Kloset (“Woman on the Moon”), have gone retro for inspiration—some are even presenting a sort of flapper- or tennis club-chic (see ASV’s “The Social Club”). The cuts are often loose-fitting and airy, which is pretty great come summertime, but the fits are contrasted by bold and vivid colour schemes and patterns.
Street Style—Throwback Season
There are some parallels between the runway and walkway this summer. But while the high-end brands are all about building the present on the past, the street style bridges the two.
While upscale brands have added retro touches to their dresses, street fashionistas have recaptured the spirit of the 60s and 70s. Bell bottoms and flared jeans are making a comeback, and, more obviously, the gypsy-chic trend continues (even the hair braid).
Your favourite pairs of jeans are always in style, but this season denim jeans—in particular the light-coloured, loose-fitting kind—are all over the place. Boyfriend jeans, Mom jeans, jumpers, and matching denim tops (a.k.a. the “Canadian tuxedo”): it’s all still in style.
Throwback shoes, like high-top Converse All-Stars, Adidas Originals, and Asics Onitsuka Tigers, especially in single-tones (including all white) are the hottest footwear. Women who prefer a little extra lift can pick up these classics as wedges and platforms, too. Topshop, in particular, puts out an eye-catching pair of gold-accented platforms.
For men and women alike, matching tropical-patterned tops and bottoms have made the rounds and returned, still firmly in style. Although to pull off this look you really have to channel your inner bboy (matching all-white sneakers included).