Imagine you’re going to a well-to-do party in the UK suburbs thrown by a host with a penchant for titillation. If you can imagine that, you’re getting close to what Poosanaphong’s spring 2013 collection looks like. The women’s collection is dominated by beautiful seductively to below the cleavage and accessorised with leather or lace gloves. For men, the fetish-y edge is more pronounced, with leather cumberbands teamed with tight three-quarter length trousers which reveal a tantalizing flash of ankle and some very form-fitting shirts indeed.
These playful details are countered by a touch of class, as you’d expect from Tipayaphong Poosanaphong. Think young country gentleman with a kinky twist and you’re getting close. The men’s collection is peppered with various fedoras, tweed, patterned shirts, waistcoats, bowties and suit jackets. It’s a deliciously tongue-in-cheek take on the theme.
But this look has been done to death, right? Tipayaphong avoids the staid look with a few fun details. Clashing prints, floral silhouettes and a carefully chosen palette ensure the collection has enough boyish charm and is cheeky enough in style to remain fun and young and never veer into stuffy middle aged farmer territory. Dapper is the word.
If the man’s collection is innocently provocative, the women’s is purely predatory. Bringing to mind young British socialites, the pieces are designed to bring out your inner femme fatale, while remaining refined. The dress’s cuts are modern and overtly sexual, the fabrics are luxurious (sequins, lace and metallics) and accessories are simple, but pack a punch; leather gloves, knee socks, fabulous fascinators and capes.
Yes, if you’re planning a hi-so wife swap party next season, this is the collection to shop from. But, even if you prefer to keep your car keys safely in your pocket, you’re bound to attract plenty of admirers.
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Words by Gaby Doman