Referencing the escapist ideology of the late 50s and early 60s with a hint of ‘Herge’s Adventures of Tintin’ in the safari jackets, Ong Oag Pairam has created a collection that perfectly balances the done and undone/ day to night concept that is so important for the women of today. Backstage in a sea of hair and makeup teams and models being dolled up, the designer buzzed around the room with a lint roller in hand for the final touches. Like many designers, Thai-born Pairam believes ‘clothes don’t belong on the hanger’, and this sense of ‘creative whimsicality’ as he calls it, is seen through elegant sillhoutes and expert tailoring of his SS16 collection.
The chosen colour palette of tans and camel shades mixed with bright bursts of yellows and oranges give a fresh take on the utilitarian theme. A banana yellow jungle print shirt is paired with a green ruffled skirt, exaggerating the feminine shape. Continuing with this idea of playing with proportion, a sand coloured ruffle dress is cinched at the waist with a tan leather bodice belt. The stand out piece from the collection was the multi-coloured butterfly printed evening gown with a sand ruffled mermaid tail.
The contemporay designs from Ong Oag Pairam celebrate the female shape with romanticism and elegance.
Written by Chelsea Davis. Images © Chelsea Davis.