One to watch is recent graduate Sorapol Chawaphatnakul. Born in Thailand in 1988, he moved to London to expand his horizons, and explore his childhood fascination of women’s clothes and make up. Gaining a BA degree in fashion design from London College of Fashion, he recently showed his collection for the first time since graduating, in a truly spectacular setting of St George’s church in Mayfair. Partially inspired by his own childhood, he has created sophisticated, elaborate dresses, fit for a princess, or the red carpet.
The collection entitled True Colours, it is inspired by the story of Coccinelle (meaning ladybird) a dramatic woman who lived a life of luxury in Monaco in the 1940’s, but after a tragic plane crash, woke up as the only survivor in the jungle, surrounded by hundreds of insects..
Each piece is elaborately crafted and hand beaded with contrasting colours and organic shapes, edgy and full of drama; Corsets nestle next to antennae headpieces, which are styled along side webbed face masks, and each piece is more intricate than the last.
Having only been in London a few years, Sorapol has already found a niche in the underground scene by collaborating with London visionary Daniel Lismore, who has supported him with creative direction and millinery.
Other notable collaborations included the footwear by Bryan Oknyansky, show stopping jewellery by Skir Lin and eyewear by Linda Farrow, which all complemented the luxury and couture.
Sorapol’s first collection is full of fun, flamboyance and elegance, and no doubt will continue to push the boundaries next season. I look forward with anticipation.
By Sara Darling