Feel that chill in the air? The cold nipping at your toes? That’s right, it’s fashion’s Autumn/Winter season. We don’t know about you, but we’re so ready to fling on the layers and those heavy fabrics.
Just in case we haven’t laid the sarcasm on thick enough, we’re kidding. Since fashion doesn’t care about what’s comfortable and what’s appropriate, the shops are nevertheless stocked with wooly winter gear. That’s when it pays to shop for Thai fashion designers. While they all, technically, have an AW collection, it tends to be a little more hinted at than when Western designers go all-out with chunky knits so heavy they double up as fitness equipment, polar bear furs, and either tartan or jewel tones, depending on whether they’re going for homely or opulent.
Anyway, as lovely as it all is to gaze at in malls where the air-con is up too high and you can start to imagine what it must be like to be so cold you can’t feel your fingers, the international collections will, alas, not make it to our wardrobes unless we change our Phuket beach breaks for a spot of skiing in the Alps.
So, yes, we’re shopping Thai for our AW15 wardrobe, and first on our wish list is ASV’s NYC Constructivism. The name conjures industrialism and important art movements, doesn’t it? Good. Inspired by Bauhaus and De Stijl (basically squares of primary colours, for the uninitiated), ASV has created a collection inspired by geometric shapes. Some might say it looks a bit like a tartan print. ASV calls it a grid “that resembles the windowpanes and mirrors of New York City’s skyscrapers.” Potato, potato.
White, black, navy, and dove grey dominate the simple colour scheme of this collection, with a little cerulean (that’s a nod to you, Devil Wears Prada fans), pink, burgundy, and cobalt to liven things up.
But it’s the silhouette that makes the collection here. Amongst the very wearable cigarette trousers and pleated skirts is the long, loungewear-inspired blazer which has more than a little of the yukata about it. We’re all over any item of clothing that is simultaneously chic, comfortable, and statement-making.
While the collection isn’t the most groundbreaking you’ll have ever seen, who really wants groundbreaking anyway (Grace Jones-a-likes aside)? Wearable and chic is the way we see our AW15 shaping up.
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