At Elle Fashion Week 2017, ASV presented its latest fall collection, titled ‘At the Ballet’, and it was a refined homage to the style and movements of ballerinas. ASV’s founder and creative director, Polpat Asavaprapha, sent out ballet-pink, whisper-thin gowns and chiffon skirts, as well as patch-pocket twill military jackets and striped piping. By layering some subtle military touches with the ladylike designs, the collection features a balance of soft femininity and tough masculine touches. And just like that, the younger sister brand of ASAVA has once again charmed us with its stylish elegance and subtle edginess.
The show opened with slim-fitted, military-inspired coats worn over straight and A-line trousers, highlighting the perfect marriage of masculine and feminine styles. In the opening series, we saw plenty of ASV’s signature DNA colours, such as beige, navy blue, black, and white. We particularly liked the lace and pinstripe shirts with striped piping details and the use of colour-blocking techniques. The designs evoke ASV’s brand personality, an aspirational woman with beguiling charm, to its fullest by playing around with gender-neutral fashions and delicate fabrics.
Of course, the ballerina tutus were also reimagined as pouf skirts and elongated dresses. In these pieces, you can see a variety of fabrics, from polyester and nylon to cotton jersey and cotton lace, all seamless meshing together. For instance, a solid-coloured, one-shoulder top was paired with a nude, flowy tulle skirt. In another example, sheer lace tops were paired with bright, high-waist trousers, creating a stunning textural contrast.
As you can see, many ASV looks featured ribbons tied around models’ waists, emulating the bands ballerinas wear to highlight their centre. The solid-coloured tops were often accompanied by transparent lace tulle skirts, which resemble the skeleton of a ball gown. Designed to be worn and layered up over slip-dresses, the translucent, long midi skirts are definitely a symbol of idealised femininity. And instead of ballet shoes, the models matched the outfits with pale dogwood-coloured pointed heels with a ribbon detail.
We did notice how the designer’s mood shifted towards the end of the show, featuring more delicate, pastel colours and ornate tutus which reminded us of famous dancers en pointe. From olive green and crimson maroon to fuchsia red and peach parfait, the unique hues ticked several boxes for us, looking both girly and sophisticated.
Polpat Asavaprapha founded ASV in spring 2010, and he continues to impress us with his modern designs and exceptional styles this fall. If you missed his exclusive fashion show last week, click here to see all the runway photos.
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