I am meeting up with my good friend Duvey for our usual Friday evening cocktail treat, winddown and giggles. I’m actually awestruck by Duvey because besides being a career mom and wife, she is also an accomplished lawyer, in all this scenario she manages to keep herself on top form in every sense, notwithstanding the most important, fashionability.
I have a quaint feeling what our discussion will evolve around with Duvey. What’s hot right now? For us, women, the what’s hot goes beneath complicated matrixes and sticks plainly and strictly on the fashion scene. What else? Although,admirably I do feel obliged to admire the lounge, the Vogue Lounge @ CUBE Bangkok where I’m sat for this pleasant wait, it’s having a delightful teasing effect on me. Perhaps it’s the gleaming bronze retro reflections, the real cosmo chic mood lingering around the Champagne and sweet treats, surely to brighten our conversation ahead …
Not long into the enchanting pause, Duvey walks in with the most exhilarating affect. A woman of taste and mind, I suddenly feel impressed and swayed by her ‘Audreyness’. The Friday evening ensues and seduces. Our main conversation on what the style is this summer. Duvey’s opinion is important as she talks the talk, in a fashion sense. We both agree on many issues and trends, can picture what to wear, we agree more than disagree, as a fashion consultant I listen and confer, and we sum up the summer fashion trends of 2017. Here’s what we came up with.
Assuredly, “The Eighties Disco” type and hype is back with a bam for the nostalgic hearted. Bypassing the disco leggings, fun is the name of the style game, and the likes of Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant and Balenciaga are loving their shiny fabric plays, new baggy profiles, the 80s waist game with nipped line, huge belts around the bellies and oh the crystal earrings and accessories, with of course, who else but Moschino doing this brilliantly. High fashion is given a glossy facelift. There’s also that thing about the shoulders of the 80s, Duvey agrees, we laugh, take a sip of the cChampagne cocktail and continue.
incandescent glow. Beyond the hue organza of scarlet, indigo, khaki, there’s also more fuchsia offered by the big houses. Max Mara, Balenciaga, Roland Mouret have all ventured and opened their colour offerings wide, giving wardrobes an added demure and multicolour culture.
We also notice the second big thing, which always seems to be a factor; the “Bright Colour Dare”. In fact, Duvey is wearing a 3.1 Phillip Lim ‘satinish’, sunshine yellow dress and the colour has given the entire Vogue Lounge an
Now living in Thailand and so much into the Bangkok high fashion scene, one would never bet against the “Floral, Aromatic Chic” blousy trend so prevalent with Chloe, Balenciaga and Dries Van Noten. Botanic patterning, beneath intricate floral gowns, colour fusion specially in Bangkok has always been in good standing reflecting the ‘jolie’ of the Thai fashion scene, with complimenting mini bags by Hermes, Celine, Chloe and Loius Vuitton.
The night seems young. Duvey and I have identified three fashion blinks, and the sweets treats begin to adorn our table. The conversation warms up and we both point our fingers to “Stripes and Long” trends by Proenza Schouler, Mulberry, DKNY, Victoria Beckham and Alexander Wang. Stripy long suits, ‘pattern du jour’ are eccentrically catching women’s wardrobes and are well loved, an advanced trend for all of us who love ‘Instagraming’ and taking selfies. Bring on the goodies from New York. 2017 fashion is offering beautiful patterns for beautiful women. Aren’t we glad to be in Bangkok.
Lace and Minimalist outfits are also stunning our fashion senses in the spring summer of 2017. Both ethereal and sexy, tulle is ideal also for hot weathers specially for the fashionistas in Bangkok. Duvey and I love the day wears offered and designed by LFW wunderkind and Molly Goddard, specially the pastel hued lacy ballerina ensembles which so much revoke the red-light lead soiree walks at the Champs Elysees in Paris. Eclectic motifs, personal touch and individuality from who else but DIOR, ‘le meilleur damme de couture’, and the sherbet tones of Rochas. Feminism uninterrupted. Mixed and matched styles are also for the creative adventurers, blush blush – it seems like I am writing an autobiography here. Oozing with ideas and mixing temptations, Duvey notices there’s a lot could be done mixing patterns, colours and important with the right accessories. The main focus here could be new offering by first stop Gucci, the real one of course … then Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta and Miu Miu, kind of architecting personal styles, regular wears and up to the grand detail of going-out-outfits. Love the fashion and certainly in love with the moods at the Vogue Lounge, sitting next to my wonderful friend. By now she’s glowing. What a pleasant and sane exchange of ideas.
Think twice, think again for us busy moms and career women there’s that last but most essential wear which fills our normal days. Kids, duties, run arounds and completing the 1000 tasks which we women are so good at. That’s where comfort and style are blended in what we agreed as the Sporty Chic trend of 2017. Live, do and dress to impress yourself first, mix relief with sophistication, playing with names like Versace, Rodarte striking a note and to add an extra bit of ‘can do’ attitude we resort to Dolce jeans on par with Gucci accessories.
All the rest is up to your fantasy. That’s perhaps the best conclusion to this never-ending source of trends and style for spring/summer 2017. Amazing how much could be noticed, said and written for fashion trends and the real girl conversation hasn’t really kicked off yet, except the mention on everyone’s plan to be a starlet. It’s a fashionable Friday night in Bangkok and c’est la vie, myself and wonderful Duvey have stretched our fashion flairs beyond the white shirts and have shared the thoughts, hoping you will read and love it.