Who doesn’t love a little whimsy in their wardrobe? Ok, so you might not be able to wear flowing florals and layered chiffon every day, but a hearty sprinkling to choose from for those days when only a little romance will do is always welcome.
La Boutique’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, The Secret Garden of Ceclia, is a romantic, 1970s-esque collection that was inspired after creative director, Patcharawat Trakarnsantikul, read Ian McEwan’s Atonement – with its ill-fated romance between Cecilia and Robbie. The collection is full of loose florals, a nod to the garden the romance blossomed in, and more structured – almost ‘boned’ – black and white pieces which allude to the innocent and dark sides of the relationship.
Loulou de La Falaise is identified as another inspiration for the collection. The 1970s Yves Saint Laurent muse and fashion designer was known for her eclectic, effortless style, which is present throughout the collection – even in its most tailored pieces.
Despite the monotone palates and the structure of some of the pieces, the collection has a lightness about it which, let’s face it, is essential to comfort in Bangkok’s heat. The boned and slightly trussed-up appearance of some of the gowns and jackets is offset with sheer fabrics that are lightweight and workable for the local humidity.
The collection is made up of mix and match pieces that can be worn in a number of ways: cross-hatched trousers, crop tops, over-sized jackets, and glorious high-waisted A-line skirts with floral embroidery and the aforementioned boning. The collection also has a selection of beautiful dresses – the kind of dress you probably won’t get an abundance of opportunities to wear, but which, when you do, really hit the mark when it comes to easy, floaty glamour.
Picture the scene: a garden party, a flowing dress and a heavily filtered snap; La Boutique’s The Secret Garden of Cecilia is the delicate, bohemian and oh-so-pretty summer collection of your Instagram dreams.
La Boutique is available at:
La Boutique Flagship Store, Level 2, Eden Zone at CentralWorld Plaza, 0 2613 1501
La Boutique Corner, Level 1, Siam Paragon, 090 7972479
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By Molly Lanscombe