You know how after an extended backpacking trip, you come home with a bag full of clothes that seemed like a great idea at the time but now you’re not traipsing round bazaars or visiting temples, they seem a little inappropriate for everyday life? Milin’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, One Way Ticket, is like that, but on a much bigger budget.
The idea behind the collection is that of the wardrobe of a jetsetter, who indulges in a little shopping in Africa, a little in Russia and wherever else she may travel – although the core of the collection is African-inspired prints versus Russian-influenced folds. While this imagined jetsetter isn’t trawling markets for tie-dye, she is seduced by some styles that may look a little unusual back in her hometown. The result is a deliberate hotchpotch of looks, creating a collection that screams avante garde, verging more on Gaga than it does the worldly. And that, of course, always makes for a fun and curious collection – and Bangkok’s fashionistas are certainly an experimental crowd at times.
If you’ve got lithe legs you’ll need them to pull off some of these high hemlines and folded voluminous skirts. And no doubt people will be surprised when you tell them you picked up your floor-length intricately folded, zesty green geometric print dress, or your fringed crop top folded like an oversized bow, in Bangkok and not on your fabulous trip to the Serengeti.
The collection, mostly comprising eveningwear, is chock-full of statement pieces; the combination of unusual cuts, volume and bold prints and colour assures that. While they may not be for the likes of those who sheepishly tuck their harem pants and non la hats into the back of the wardrobe, wondering why they ever thought they’d wear them back in their local pub, we’re still looking forward to seeing the bolder among us stepping out in these fun, if not functional, styles.
Milin is available at Siam Centre