Lovebird: Thai Fashion Designer

The Thai fashion label Lovebird was launched in 2011 by ‘Pam’ Anisha Attaskulchai. She is the founder and designer of this label and had her grand opening debut in 2013 for the Autumn/Winter season.

Anisha Attaskulchai*

Anisha Attaskulchai*

Lovebird

Anisha takes her inspiration mainly from her own personality and from her experiences. Her motto is that a woman is most beautiful when she is in love. This is also reflected in her fashion designs. Hence, Anisha creates very feminine and sensual womenswear that flatter the female body. Thus, her tops exude femininity but at the same time they are also elegant and sophisticated.

'Pam' Anisha Attaskulchai, third left, designer of Lovebird & her models

‘Pam’ Anisha Attaskulchai, third left, the designer & her models*

What is more, she creates long and short dresses that flatter the right female body features. The flared pants and jumpsuits are just as complimentary and charming. Thus, Anisha prefers soft and flowing fabrics like chiffon and silk which are of a high quality. For this reason, Lovebird is also very much concerned with providing flawless pattern-making and high-quality production.

Inside a Lovebird store

Inside a Lovebird store*

The latest collections from this brand are the Autumn/Winter 2014 ‘Silent Roar’ and the Spring/ Summer 2015 ‘A Day in Capri’ collections. The ‘Silent Roar’ collection is inspired by winter landscapes, snowy mountains and the snow leopard which is considered the spirit of the winter. Hence, the colour scheme is cool and cold including icy blue and grey tones but also earthy tones.

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In contrast, ‘A Day in Capri’ is inspired by the enchanted Capri Island and is supposed to represent a woman with alluring charms. This collection brings out the mood of the summer season with sweet colour hues. In short, it is all about timeless glamour and also inspired by Valentino, the world-famous Italian designer.

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In a nutshell, we may say that Lovebird collections reveal a charming and feminine personality. The outfits are elegant and sophisticated but at the same time also flamboyant. This label is for instance available at Zalora Thailand.

Yours, Sirinya

(All pictures, photo credit: Lovebirdbrand, FB page)




Sretsis: Thai Fashion Designer

Stretsis fashion can be described as a fusion between a traditional and a vintage style. This top Thai designer brand was launched in 2002 by three sisters. Hence, the label already hints at this bond, ‘Stretsis’ being ‘Sisters’ spelled backward.

The Story of Stretsis

Fashion with a vintage touch (photo: Stretsis Universe, FB page)

Fashion with a vintage touch (photo: Stretsis Universe, FB page)

Pimdao Sukhahuta, the eldest of the sisters, is the head designer. She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and opened her first store while being still a student. Pim did an internship at internationally acclaimed designer Marc Jacob and finally graduated in 2003. By this time, her fashion was already becoming renowned for its unconventional and girlish design.

The three sisters (photo credit: nationmultimedia.com)

The three sisters Pimdao, Klyduen and Matina Sukhahuta, the founders of Stretsis (photo: nationmultimedia.com)

The three sisters stayed in New York for four years. Pim is the main designer and creative director. The younger sister Klyduen is a fashion marketer promoting the brand and the youngest sister Matina creates jewellery which is run under the label ‘Matina Amanita’ jewellery collection.

Playful, vintage & dainty fashion (photo: Stretsis Universe, FB page)

Playful, vintage & dainty fashion (photo: Stretsis Universe, FB page)

Pim very much enjoys a nostalgic and vintage style in fashion. Hence, you often find pieces with unusual patterns in her collections. In fact, her designs are inspired by childhood nostalgic memories. Nevertheless, her design is innovative, flamboyant, unconventional but at the same time elegant and modern. Thus, Stretsis fuses traditional yet whimsical patterns and styles with a modern, stylish touch to create a unique, but somehow naughty style.

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Thus, she puts forward that dressing up should be a part of everyday life. She likes to work with different textures like silk, chiffon and satin. A special feature of Stretsis is that it uses Thailand’s elegant silk textiles to create an innovative Thai fashion design that should make a statement and a lasting impression.

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Stretsis’ headquarter is in Bangkok and employs around 25 seamstresses who sew many dresses by hand. For this reason, every piece of clothing becomes a piece of artwork. The brand is growing and gaining international popularity. Hence, for instance, this brand has been featured in numerous glossy magazines like Vogue, Instyle and Elle. What is more, celebrities like Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Paris Hilton have been seen wearing Stretsis garments 🙂

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Summing up, we may say that Stretsis is one of the top Thai designer brands offering a unique combination of Thai traditional vintage style and sweet lingering patterns. Hence, the style is both sweet and rebellious.

Yours, Sirinya

(*All pictures in this post, photo credit: ZALORA Thailand, unless otherwise stated)




H.M. Queen Sirikit and Thai Silk

In honor of the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Birthday on 12 August, I’d like to deal with the meaning of her continuous promotion of Thai silk and her royal wardrobe.

H.M. Queen Sirikit has been very much interested in Thai silk and textiles ever since her engagement to His Majesty the King in 1949. Thus, in 1955, she accompanied His Majesty to his people in all regions of Thailand. Hence, on these occasions, the Queen had the opportunity to see the people in rural areas dressed in colourful and intricately patterned silk fabrics which they had woven themselves. Thus, Her Majesty wanted to promote and support the weaving skills of the people bringing them more benefits and improving their living situation.

Photograph of Bhumibol and Sirikit of Thailand on their wedding 28 April 1950 (photo credit: wikimedia.org)

Photograph of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand on their wedding 28 April 1950 (photo credit: public domain, wikimedia.org)

H.M. Queen Sirikit & Thai Silk

Her Majesty has set an example of how traditional Thai fabrics can be worn fashionably. Thus, she has had different fabrics styled into international and traditional Thai style costumes which she has worn on different formal occasions such as when receiving royal guests, attending royal ceremonies or when travelling abroad.

Queen Sirikit wearing a Thai Chakkri dress in 1962 (photo credit: Bureau of the Royal Household of Thailand, wikimedia.org)

Queen Sirikit wearing a Thai Chakkri dress in 1962 (photo credit: Bureau of the Royal Household of Thailand, wikimedia.org)

If you remember my articles about traditional Thai dresses part I and part II, you know that we can distinguish between eight different styles of Thai national dresses. They are said to have originated in the mid 20th century. In fact, when Her Majesty accompanied the King in state visits to Western countries in 1960, she realized the need for a modern Thai national costume. Her aim was to convey Thailand’s rich cultural identity by presenting amazing traditional Thai dresses made from Thai silk and other classic Thai fabrics.

December 1960, the Queen wears a gown by Balmain, the dress' style is similar to Thai Dusit (photo credit: couturenotebook.com)

December 1960, the Queen wears a gown by Balmain, the dress’ style is similar to Thai Dusit (photo credit: couturenotebook.com)

Thus, Her Majesty had research conducted concerning historical records of royal dresses. Her advisors were Thai fashion designer Urai Lueumrung and French grand couturier Pierre Balmain who also created amazing gowns for her state visits in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Queen Sirikit wanted a contemporary take on a ‘traditional’ and ‘classic’ royal wardrobe.

Gown designed by Pierre Balmain for Queen Sirikit for a trip to Japan in 1981.It is made of silk ikat, also called mat mii, from northeastern Thailand and trimmed with dyed ostrich feathers. (photo credit: Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles)

Gown designed by Pierre Balmain for Queen Sirikit’s journey to Japan in 1981.It is made of silk ikat, also called mat mii, from northeastern Thailand and trimmed with dyed ostrich feathers*

Queen Sirikit wore this Thai Chakraphat dress at the state banquet hosted by Their Majesties in honor of President Sukrano of Indonesiam Chakri Throne Hall Grand Palace Bangkokm 17 April 1961

Queen Sirikit wore this Thai Chakkraphat dress at the state banquet hosted by Their Majesties in honor of President Sukrano of Indonesia at Chakri Throne Hall Grand Palace Bangkok, 17 April 1961*

Eventually, eight official designs were developed and also promoted by H.M. Queen Sirikit herself. These styles are called Thai Chakkri, Thai Boromphiman, Thai Siwalai, Thai Chakkraphat, Thai Chitlada, Thai Ruean Ton, Thai Amarin and Thai Dusit.

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Queen Sirikit in Thai Siwalai dress around 1950*

 

Queen Sirikit wore Thai Boromphiman dress at a state banquet hosted by Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines, Baguio, the Philippines, 11the July 1963

Her Majesty wore this Thai Boromphiman dress at a state banquet hosted by Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines, in Baguio, the Philippines, 11the July 1963*

The Queens’s elegance was widely acclaimed as the royal’s tour in 1960 was very successful highlighting Thai fashion and Thailand in general. Considering the different styles of traditional Thai dresses, the Thai Dusit can be regarded as the most Western style of all eight traditional dresses. It is similar to a Western wide necked and sleeveless evening gown.

Queen Sirikit in Thai Dusit dress was photographed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, around 1950

Queen Sirikit in Thai Dusit dress was photographed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, around 1950, credit: In Royal Fashion *

Apart from fashion statements, Her Majesty has organized many exhibitions in Thailand and abroad to promote Thai textiles and garments made from Thai fabrics created by Thai designers. In addition, the SUPPORT Foundation was launched in 1976. For this reason, Thai textiles and silk have become better known among Westerners outside Thailand. Today, it also seems that traditional Thai dresses are coming into fashion again. Thus, think of the Siamese Fashionista 🙂

Finally, in honour of H.M. Queen Sirikit’s continuous contribution to the conservation and promotion of Thai silk, there is a special exhibition called ‘The Way of Silk, the Way of Thai: A Tribute to Her Majesty the Queen’ at the Siam Paragon Department Store from 17-30 August 2015, daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Yours, Sirinya

(*photo credit: Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, FB page)




Milin – Thai Fashion Designer

Milin was established in 2009 by the talented designer ‘Mimi’ Milin Yuvacharuskul. She studied fashion print design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. After finishing her studies, she did an internship at the New-York based designer Jill Stuart whom she admires greatly. Initially, Mimi also worked as a fashion writer for Sudsupda Magazine before starting her own fashion label.

Milin

Fashion designer Milin (photo credit: bk.asia-city.com)

Fashion designer Milin (photo credit: bk.asia-city.com)

At the beginning, Mimi did not know how to run a fashion house. However, she acquired all knowledge needed and had many friends from the fashion industry to help and assist her. In her view, the most important feature for a fashion designer is that he must be unique and innovative. Hence, Mimi always tries to balance the business and the artistic, creative side of her work.

Milin*

Milin*

Thus, Milin brand can be described as providing modern wear for spontaneous life. Milin fashion is elegant but also edgy, extravagant and bold. The clothing is minimalistic but at the same time very feminine. Mimi always feels proud when she sees women inspired by her fashion because she also wants to give them the opportunity to express themselves through her extravagant designs.

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Apart from clothing, Milin also offers a stunning selection of accessories like bags, belts and amazing leather shoes. Thus, Milin invites the fashionista to mix and match her outfits and styles. For this reason, this Thai designer brand is a one stop shop offering amazing collections full of playfulness and elegance. Hence, the brand should appeal to the modern, future orientated woman, living on the fast pace of life.

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In fact, Mimi, the designer, is a passionate shopper herself because she feel that she also needs inspiration from other brands and styles. Hence, it does not come as a surprise that she enjoys dressing up since it makes herself feel good. Thus, of course she also longs to inspire other women to express their sense of fashion, individuality and creativity.

playfulness & elegance (photo credit: Milin, FB page)

playfulness & elegance (photo credit: Milin, FB page)

Finally, we may say that Milin is an extraordinary Thai fashion brand. Hence, it is also among my Top 5 Thai Designer Brands on Zalora 🙂 The womenswear is playful and elegant at the same time, encouraging the wearers to combine their outfits.

Yours, Sirinya

(All pictures in this post, photo credit: ZALORA Thailand, unless otherwise stated)




ASAVA: Thai Fashion Designer

Don’t be fashionable. Just be (Polpat Asavaprapha)

ASAVA was founded in 2008 by Polpat Asavaprapha. For ASAVA classical timelessness and sophistication are the key elements in fashion. Hence, this brand is not so much concerned with trends but rather with establishing an everlasting elegance, subtle classiness and long-lasting style. Thus, fashion by ASAVA combines style, comfort and adaptability. It is a style that assists women in every situation, in business, family life and relationships.

ASAVA Thai designer*

ASAVA Thai designer*

ASAVA Women’s Clothing

The motto of this brand is that a woman needs a suitable outfit to be set for success. In this way, ASAVA offers collections for day and night that are stylish, refined and classic. However, this label is not merely classic but at the same time the fashion is bold and daring since it is inspired by modern, worldly women. What is more, ASAVA’s fashion is practical so that it can be worn the whole day, from morning until late at night, with ease.

Polpat Asavapraphat (photo credit: individualp.com)

Polpat Asavapraphat (photo credit: individualp.com)

The aim of this fashion label’s design is to let its wearer feel comfortable and confident. Thus, women might be inspired to get more out of life. If you long to make a lasting impression at long business meetings, ASAVA clothing provides everything you need. For instance, take a sleek and well-tailored dress to accentuate just the right features, giving you a timeless silhouette. What is more, you may choose formal pants of many different designs. Take a straight cut one for the perfect silhouette or flowy trousers for ultimate comfort. Additionally, there are matching blouses and shirts for any preference and mood.

Thus, let us take a look at some selected pieces from the latest collection:

One shoulder dress

One shoulder dress by ASAVA*

One shoulder dress by ASAVA*

This sophisticated dress is made from beige polyester into one shoulder gown, contributing to an eye catching effect. Thus, the dress also resembles a poncho.

Material blocking jacket

Material blocking jacket*

Material blocking jacket*

Blocking and stripe are the unique techniques shown on this finely tailored jacket. The sheer blue blazer features material blocking on the hem with two side pockets for comfortable wear. It is an ideal pick from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection “The State of Mind”.

Cape Dress

Cape dress*

Cape dress*

This beautifully constructed and extravagant dress in black is exquisitely tailored from high quality fabric with cape sleeves styling. Thus, this piece is the perfect pick for boosting confidence at many occasions.

Drapped Short Sleeve Blouse

Drapped short sleeve blouse*

Drapped short sleeve blouse*

This blouse is perfect for the sophisticated woman. The short sleeved beige blouse has elegant drapped details on the collar.

Poncho jumpsuit

Poncho jumpsuit*

Poncho jumpsuit*

One of the inspiration for the Spring/Summer 2015 collection “The State of Mind”, is the Statue of Liberty. This is the symbolic gown for a sophisticated New Yorker. This blue and white jumpsuit has a fine and comfortable cutting. Here are some more pieces to admire from the collection 🙂

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Finally, ASAVA is also among my Top 5 Thai Designers on Zalora Thailand. I really find the designs impressive and enjoy the subtle colours.. Thus, I can only advise you to have a nice time shopping or just admiring the amazing and versatile designs! 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

(*All pictures in this post, photo credit: ZALORA Thailand, unless otherwise stated)




Top 5 Thai Designers On ZALORA

Thai fashion designers are gaining popularity today. For instance, you can find collections created by Thailand’s most talented designers on ZALORA, a great Thai online retailer. I present to you my Top 5 Thai designers as seen on ZALORA. Some of these couturiers have already gained worldwide recognition, with their brands carried by shops around the world.

Top 5 Thai Designers On ZALORA

1. ASAVA

ASAVA Thai designer*

ASAVA Thai designer*

ASAVA was founded in 2008 by Polpat Asavaprapha. For ASAVA, classical timelessness and sophistication are the key elements in fashion. Hence, this brand is not so much concerned with trends but rather with establishing an everlasting elegance, subtle classiness and long-lasting style. The aim of ASAVA’s design is to let the wearer feel comfortable, effortless and confident. Thus, ASAVA offers collections for day and night that are stylish, refined and classic.

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2. ISSUE

ISSUE, Top 5 designer on ZALORA*

ISSUE, Top 5 designers on ZALORA*

ISSUE is a designer brand founded in 1999 that wants to combine Buddhist elements with fashion. Designer pieces by ISSUE are not merely supposed to be clothing but they should reveal and bring out the wearer’s personality and charisma. Thus, ISSUE is exotic and flamboyant offering women- and menswear with colourful graphic prints and motifs inspired by Buddhism.

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3. KEM ISSARA

KEM ISSARA*

KEM ISSARA*

In 2012, KEM ISSARA womenswear was founded by talented Thai designer Karatphet Kem Issara. She creates lovely styled tops, dresses, pants, shoes and accessories. This brand was also termed ‘Fresh Face’ fashion line in 2012. We may describe KEM ISSARA’s style as sophisticated, feminine and dainty. However, the balance between playfulness and seriousness is perfect and the outfits are suitable for both day and night.

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4. Munchu’s Clothing

Munchu's Clothing*

Munchu’s Clothing*

Munchu’s Clothing was founded by Munchumart Numbenjapol. This brand’s motto is that fashion is not about following a trend but that it should reflect the wearer’s individuality. Hence, Munchu’s mixes femininity with a boyish touch incorporating Art Deco elements, for example. Hence, in Munchu’s fashion, you often find pieces with elaborate and symmetrical patterns. However, a modern simplicity and wearability dominates Munchu’s womenswear. In this way, Muchu’s is pret-a-porter.

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5. Milin

Milin*

Milin*

Milin was established in 2009 by the talented designer Mimi Yuvacharuskul. This brand can be described as providing modern wear for spontaneous life. Milin fashion is elegant but also edgy, extravagant and bold. The clothing is minimalistic but at the same time very feminine. Apart from clothing, Milin also offers a stunning selection of accessories and shoes. This Thai designer brand has amazing collections full of playfulness and elegance.

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Collections by the presented Top 5 Thai designers are available at ZALORA Thailand. If you are interested in Thai couturiers and international brands, please check out ZALORA.

Have a nice time shopping or just admiring the amazing and versatile designs! 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

(*All pictures in this post, photo credit: ZALORA Thailand)