Royal tributes CROWN fashion week
- The Nation
- September 7, 2017
Fashion September 07, 2017 01:00
By Kupluthai Pungkanon
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Elle Fashion Week wrapped up five busy days of autumn-winter previews last weekend with plenty of eyebrow-raising outfits, but no show was more discussed than the deeply moving royal tribute presented by Hook’s.
The week saw 21 designers unveiling their new collections, both famous figures and rising stars. It was Hook’s “Aiyara Ten” line, though, that stirred hearts most – and produced more than a few sad tears.
Marking the brand’s 10th anniversary, founder and creative director Prapakas Angsusingha paid homage to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej with models in classical regal wear depicting the monarch’s life and times. Appearing onstage at the show’s end was a lifelike and life-size model of a white elephant, a culmination of the overall message that anyone can be a loyal and beloved servant of the King. All that’s required, Prapakas suggested, are good deeds, moral behaviour, and care for loved ones.
The music was suitably melancholy – His Majesty’s own compositions performed on flute and oboe.
The outfits themselves emerged from the Kingdom’s cherished past, traditional finery evolving into contemporary flair. Evening gowns were elegant and graceful and tribal costumes took on avant-garde accents.
Also paying tribute to the royal family, Saran Youkongdee of jewellery brand Saraan showed his new “Sathit” collection, featuring ornate handiwork in Yan Lipao weaving, a nod to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s lifelong efforts to preserve Thailand’s heritage craftsmanship… Read more: Royal tributes CROWN fashion week
Source: The Nation