The fashion brand's 'Porcelain Empress' collection evokes legends of The Forbidden City
Bearing the grand title “The Porcelain Empress”, Thea by Thara’s clothing collection for this autumn and winter is a triumphant celebration of the fashion label’s fifth anniversary.
The collection tells stories from the Forbidden City in Beijing, home to rulers cruel and kind.
Founder and creative director Tawanna Thara had in mind the magnificent gardens of the imperial residence, which were said to have magical trees whose leaves looked like thousands of jade pendants swaying in the breeze.
“Stories about the cultural prosperity, architectural aesthetics and wondrous d้cor of the palace have been retold for a thousand years,” she says. “These are the elements we present in our latest collection, which suits the feminine DNA of Thea by Thara perfectly.”
“The Porcelain Empress” made its runway debut recently at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park’s Chinese restaurant, the Pagoda, which was set out like a throne hall.
Actress Davika Hoorne modelled an outfit in the show’s finale, surrounded by plum blossoms and pink peonies as sunlight glistened on a mythical lake.
Stunning landscapes resembling watercolour paintings were luxuriously embroidered on a maxi dress and ruffled long-sleeved top. Printed patterns were “carved” into the fabric and fringes swayed like those legendary leaves of jade.
Tawanna chose easy-to-wear fabrics, some see-through, some exceedingly comfortable like velvet. The tones varied from nude brown and burgundy to indigo and basic black and white, making the collection adaptable to any occasion.
Thea by Thara, founded in 2011, harmoniously combines an astute sense of style with the demands of modern women. The details are rendered with remarkably high-quality workmanship. The classic “Thea by Thara girl” might be described as sophisticated, sexy in a classy way, with an outstanding and sweet personality. She’s confident in every situation, from office to evening party time.
Celebrities were on hand to share their ideas about key looks for the coming cooler seasons and mixing and matching to fit your personality.
For Apinara Srikanchana, the must-have item is a jacket with stylish patterning that she can wear on casual days.
Her sister Ploypayap Srikanchana, made up like a traditional Chinese beauty in bold red lipstick, was more interested in accessories. Hoop earrings are becoming popular again, she noted, and would be “a perfect match for an elaborately embroidered dress by Thea”.
Parva Nakasai is planning to travel abroad this winter and needs a sweater, coat and long boots. Anyone staying in Thailand, she said, could wear the sweater of lighter fabric over a sport bra (“for an edgier look”) and jeans, black trousers or slacks.
Siraprapha Jirabandhu wanted a lighter coat to match her beige outfit. “A coat isn’t a common item in Thailand,” she said, “but anyone who wants to be part of that trend could wear a coat made with chiffon, silk fabric or lace, as a blazer.”
Prachayamon Buranasiri said she loves the way Chinese painters use colour. “I normally stick to just a single dress, but I look for dresses with fancy details, like special fabrics or layering techniques.
“The outstanding item for this season, in my opinion, would be a knee-length dress to pair with wide-leg trousers, for a combined casual-formal look, and just a few small accessories, like ring or earrings.”
Also on hand for the show were Natapohn Tameeraks, Usamanee Vithayanon, Rasri Balenciaga, Virithipa Pakdeeprasong, Chalita Suansane, Suchar Manaying, Khemanit Jamikorn, Sutatta Udomsilp, Yardthip Rachapal, Pimprapa Tungprapaporn, Thanchanok Good, Pijakhana Wongsarattanasilp and Ratchawin Wongviriya.