We’ve had the rule ‘cleavage or legs’ drummed into us for so long as a quick fix to sexy that it’s easy to forget our other assets. Sometimes sexy doesn’t have to mean legs out, cleavage on display and a slashed back dress, however much guys try to tell you otherwise. Sometimes it can be a beautiful silhouette, a nipped in waist or a girlie flash of upper midriff. At least, that’s the Kemissara perspective in only the second collection by this fledgling label.
Femininity is approached from a refreshingly indirect angle – not the Lolita-style, lacy white frou frou faux-innocence way we’re so used to seeing in Bangkok – but in a covered up, subtle and confident way. And make no mistake; it does take confidence to work these outfits, no matter how much flesh is safely covered by its generous swathes of fabric. Rusty colours are teemed with ankle length sheer skirts, threequarter length sleeves and colour clashes; think deep reds teemed with bottle greens and navy blue complemented with orange accessories.
It may not sound overtly sexy, but the collection’s sexiness is subtle but undeniable in its effortless and self-assured style. The key is in the detail. Luxe fabrics are mixed with light, sheer textiles and buttoned-up details, such as high necklines, low hemlines, slouchy trousers, long sleeves and hard-to-wear colours that are sexed up with one bold statement, such as a beautifully constructed bra top, a full length sheer skirt or a waist-hugging cut. The result? Think 70s art curator hot rather than Hollywood A-lister hot. It’s a more grown-up kind of beautiful than we’re used to seeing in Bangkok.
Covered-up sexy is an alien concept to a lot of lithelimbed fashionistas in Thailand, but Kemissara proves it’s not only achievable, but results in a highly feminine look that oozes sophistication and style savvy whether you opt for the creamy and peach full-length evening gowns, the sassy white cropped tops and high-waisted trousers or the kiddie-cute appeal of the above-theknee A-line dresses.
Ekkamai Store, 1023/49 Pridi Bhanomyong 41 (Connecting Ekkamai Soi 22), Sukhumvit Soi 71 | 02-713-3261 | kemissara.com
Words by Gaby Doman