ELLE Thailand Fashion Week AW15: Day 2 (Part 1)
ASV by Asava stages a show showcasing a completely wearable collection that would fit right into any wardrobe
There was a distinct air of calmness and sophistication about Day Two right from the get-go – an apparent vibe that was reflected by the shows of the night, and a complete contrast to Day One's raw energy of anticipation and pure unadulterated madness.
It was almost 7pm when we took our seats inside the hall – a good hour past the scheduled start time of the first show: ASV by Asava. The show was evidently running late, but spirits were high. It was also here that we scored our first sighting of fashion blogger, wonder girl extraordinaire and our own personal favourite style icon, Margaret Zhang, who was missing from the previous night's show.
Eventually, the show kicked off. One by one, girls garbed in pieces that our professional work wear closet would welcome with open arms strutted down the runway, passing by giant white metal frames as they made their way down the stage. Silhouettes were kept classic with an unmistakable androgynous flair to them. There were sharp double-breasted blazers paired with cigarette pants and flares, a sleek all-white vest ensemble, wrap skirts and dresses. All clean, all structured.
Then came these beautiful velvet pieces done up in a robe, accented on a jumpsuit and used as a stole. They looked rich, luxurious and never once veered near tacky territory as velvet can so often be when not done correctly.
Before we were done swooning over the sumptuous velvet pieces, our attention was replaced by the next couple of looks: sheer pieces featuring grid patterns that came in form of a gorgeous belted robe (our favourite look in the entire collection), a two-piece skirt set and a crop top look – all done up in a classy cobalt blue palette.
There were also feminine alternatives in pretty powder pink hues and romantic silhouettes: notably, a soft, long-sleeved blouse paired with a flowy, maxi skirt.
Grid patterns had a huge role in this collection as seen on robe dresses, shirts and pants. The prints resembled the windowpanes and mirrors of New York City's skyscrapers – a large inspiration for the collection – while the looks brought to mind some sort of a retro revival all due to the styling: models wore a thin strip of scarf around their necks like how they used to back in the day.
To close the show, out came the black staples. All-black they may be, but never once were they boring thanks to the varied designs and detailing on the pieces. Drapes, Versace-esque cut-outs and dresses with pockets stole our hearts.
After we were treated to a final look of the collection, it was off to Ying Yang Dim Sum Bar – a trendy new gastro lounge serving up Asian and Thai tapas alongside cool cocktails inspired by the 12 Chinese zodiac signs - to mingle over delicious dim sum morsels as we wait for the second show of the night. A big one – The Ultimate Showcase – that featured not just one, but 12 different labels in one show. Stay tuned for Part Two.