A lesson in gracious shopping

fashion April 03, 2019 01:00

By THE NATION

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Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana graciously presided over the opening of her high-fashion brand, Sirivannavari’s flagship store on the first floor of Siam Paragon, which offers a broad selection of the Sirivannavari and S’Homme Spring-Summer 2019 designs including womenswear, menswear, accessories, leather goods, fine jewellery and much more.



The interior of the store evokes the spirit of the House with marble, glass, smoked mirrors, as well as handpainted elements throughout. 

 

The latest collection is inspired by an imaginative world called “Naravanna”. Somewhere in the far reaches of this universe, there is an undiscovered planet where the highest stage of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has been achieved and a rich diversity of nature maintained. Though every living thing looks different and unfamiliar as a result of alien metamorphosis and mutations, all fauna and flora live in unison, happily ever after. 

 

Sirivannavari and S’Homme Spring/Summer 2019 women collection features 67 looks, 59 for women and eight for the guys. The womenswear line boasts a bolero Lurex tweed jacket paired with a dress of the same fabric, a cutout mid-riff dress with the fluid silk chiffon skirt in the signature print, a cocktail peplum dress with the metallic quilt detail echoing the spaceage theme.  For an ultra feminine look, the collection also includes a zebra-sequinned tulle blouse with handstitched feather details and a white corset dress with double layering of fringes: burgundy silk fringe and African beads fringe. 

 

The Princess, who also owns the Sirivannavari Atelier and Academy, the inhouse workshop of couture embroidery, also brings embroidery to her new collection as evidenced in a feather applique blouse, a crystal-and-pearl encrusted gown and African beads embroidery details.

 

Graphic prints are once again the highlight of the new collection, The Princess has created prints this season by visually translating her imagination, including those details signifying Naravanna, such as mutants, alien creatures, AI’s mainboard, and gearwheels.  The prints are incorporated throughout the collection, from ready to wear, leather goods, shoes and scarves.

A spotlight also shines on the Bijoux Collection, with both fine jewellery and fashion jewellery drawing on the same inspiration.  The Fine jewellery collection – featuring the Maison’s emblem ‘S’ and ‘Peacock’– has rings, earrings and necklace in 18karat rose gold adorned with mother of pearl, pearl, lapis lazuli and malachite. Key pieces include a peacock choker in rose gold. The Fashion jewellery collection is both modern and fun featuring silver and brass settings coated with 14 karat gold, encrusted with Swarovski crystals, feathers, beads from Kazuri workshop in Kenya (such as a silver tiara adorned with crystal) and a bangle featuring a tiger face. 

 

To complete and complement a look of the day, the collection also features Italian leather goods, including a python bucket bag with a variety of shaped charms, a zebra bucket bag adorned with feathers and charms, and a clutch featuring the signature print of the season with the peacock badge. 

The shoe collection offers some different stylings, from a casual sandal with African beads and feather embellishment, to a classic twotoned sling back shoes with a twist of material mixing  pythons and calf, to a sexy and elegant shoe with leopard print leather, gearwheel-shaped heels and crystal and fringe adornment.  

The Sirivannavari beachwear, meanwhile, encourages all women to feel confident in their figures with cutout swimwear and a coverup robe adding a finishing touch of elegance. An activewear line has been also launched for the first time.     

The S’Homme menswear collection celebrates the elegant gentlemen of Naravanna. Key looks include a hoodie trench coat in beige with badges on the sleeves, a yellow safari jacket with navy blue cropped pants and a two button suit in sage green. Shirts this season have piping in African colour stripes while the trousers are all cropped. The collection also features men’s leather goods including loafers in signature prints, sandals with African beaded embroidery, and clutches and duffle bags in the Princess’ signature prints.