Elegantly into the day

Art March 13, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

Thai fashion house Vatanika brings a flowery feel to summer



The glorious blooms of spring and summer are in full flower over at the house of Vatanika with designer Vatanika Pattamasingh Na Ayutthaya capturing the charm of delicate roses and flowers motifs favoured by renowned 17th-century French porcelain artist Jacob Petit for her elegant creations for the upcoming hot season.

Vatanika says her interest was piqued during a recent visit to the Musee des Arts Decoratifs.

“What makes Jacob Petit’s porcelain so special is that all the works are hand crafted and hand painted, which means that each piece is truly unique,” she says.

The key colours for her new collection are white, cream, baby pink, emerald green and black. Quality linen is generously applied alongside floral prints that have become the brand’s signature.

Vatanika also spent time studying the attire of French ladies between 1830 and 1870 when Petit was at his creative height and brings these flourishes to her own designs.

“The Vatanika woman is a fusion of exotic, irresistible and sophisticated. She is confident and shows a preference for the classic and luxurious. The looks are refined yet with a hint of masculinity,” she notes.

Soft and lightweight fabrics like chiffon, Japanese silk and silk satin also feature in the collection, which includes a line of kimono-style robes perfect for casual wear.

The new outfits include dresses in Vatanika’s signature printed fabric with satin silk edging on the arms and at the waist that are inspired by the costumes of the late 1800s. The nipped waists accentuate the shape of the body and tease with a sweet and sexy air. Maxi-dresses come in a variety of prints and are as suitable for daywear as for evening parties.

Swimwear too makes a comeback with Vatanika’s high-waisted bikinis bringing to mind the fashion of the 1960s.