ONG-OAJ PAIRAM. AW14.

Fabulously busy prints and opulent evening-wear were the dishes of the day at Ong-Oaj Pairam. The full length gowns in the heavier satin were decorated with roses of the same fabric. The lighter variations displayed beautifully dark and abstract prints, the most stunning of these with a black chiffon overlay draping down from the middle of the sweetheart neckline.

Cuts and silhouettes varied considerably throughout the collection, sometimes taking on a 1950’s vibe with trapeze skirts and sometimes 1940’s in the longer silhouettes. The trouser and tailored jacket looks referenced neither of these eras of course, neither did the nude and purple cocktail dress with structured hemline… Some of these shapes seemed to conflict rather than contrast.

Regardless of this, the intricate patterns acted as a unifying theme and were the best part of this collection. Animal prints, mini florals and tiny geometrics sat side by side, drawing the eye. A bold colour palette of orange, cobalt, emerald green, yellow, teal and a deep purple offset some of the monochrome looks, often in the form of a bright jacket or coat.

Written by Francesca Bassenger. Images © Katch London.