THAILAND - Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana demonstrates her passion for sport, art and fashion in a line of clothes she's designed for this spring and summer, which some 700 admirers previewed on Thursday at Siam Paragon, home of the boutique Sirivannavari.
The princess who represented Thailand in the equestrian events at the recent SEA Games in Nay Pyi Taw, ranking 10th in dressage, has come up with stunning futuristic sportswear. The collection, about 40 pieces, "reflects my own recent personal experiences, most notably my horse-riding accident and other illnesses", she explained.
"I combined these experiences with inspiration from my favourite works of art. As many of you know, art has always been among my inspirations, and this time I have incorporated elements from works by Leonardo da Vinci, Damien Hirst and Frida Kahlo through the 'X-Ray Collage' print."
Her Royal Highness studied fashion and textiles at Chulalongkorn University, and in 2008 Paris couturier Pierre Balman invited her to present her designs at his Paris Fashion Week show.
The fashion show maintained a futuristic thrill through four segments, during which sport jackets, pantsuits, peplum dresses and evening gowns were the mainstays.
A sleeveless top printed with an image of a galaxy was worn with metallic bell-bottoms, while a sport jacket with puffed sleeves and silver patchwork details looked great over black leggings. The X-Ray Collage appeared on a peplum tuxedo jacket in electric blue, ideal for pairing with leggings in a matching colour.
The weaving techniques gave a Spandex bustier dress a touch of refinement, while luxurious details like feathers were used on an evening dress bearing the X-Ray Collage in monochrome.
"The concept is 'Remarkable Sports Couture'," said the Princess, who also played with the championship-winning national badminton team at the SEA Games.
Like Superwomen leaping from the silver screen, a model dressed in shiny black tight leather slacks and a metallic trunk top decorated with feathers looked smart and elegant, aided by black leather gloves and high heels.
"The clothes feel active and sporty and give the wearer great freedom of movement, but with subtly concealed cutting and pattern-making details that are reminiscent of the meticulous refinement of haute couture," said the Princess.
"The concept revolves around 'futuristic' shapes, so the collection as a whole feels entirely fresh and modern. In addition, the clothes are designed to flatter the figure, enabling the wearer to feel fit, confident and comfortable."
Celebrated Thai fashion house Fly Now provided the atelier for her current collection, adding neat tailoring throughout. Classic black, metallic hues, turquoise and shocking pink and lime dominate the line.