It was a cloudy day in Bangkok the day we visited Shone Puipia’s atelier in Suan Plu, but it soon turned beautifully vibrant and colourfully inspired at the unveil of his latest collection. It is fittingly titled, ‘Cloudbusting.’ It is his Collection 1 for 2020.
Given the way of the world and a global health crisis, it was an unusual way for Shone to present his latest collection, but on second thought a far more intimate experience than your regular fashion show.
To the tunes of Barcelona-based singer-songwriter Uma, guests admired the womenswear, menswear, shoes, and accessories in the label’s romantically-assembled creative space, which in itself was partly inspired by the artist herself.
In similar waves and flows to her music, Shone’s collection is a dream of satin and velvet, and items that can be paired together in multiple manners. We love the different uses of materials, from the aforementioned satin and velvet, to the lighter silk dresses, the slightly retro corduroy, and the wild foliage techniques. Those who know Shone’s work will recognise the sophisticated silhouettes (this time inspired by female Baroque artists) as well as the bold hues and intrepid story lines.
These story lines extend beyond the collection itself, too, reflected in the art works placed around the atelier to draw on aspects of the line. Each of these pieces come from Shone’s very own family of artists.
As for the collection’s name, ‘Cloudbusting’ is the name of a song by Kate Bush which has inspired the label through the past lockdown. Not one to deny that quarantine hasn’t been the easiest of times, the song is about “longing yet with a sense of optimism.”
“Longing yet with a sense of optimism”: a perfect way to put into a phrase the entire collection. View the gallery for your dose of delicate inspiration for a rainy day, or any day, really.
The Shone Puipia studio works on a by-appointment service, and items are made-to-order. Images are courtesy of Shone Puipia Studio and photographed by Mikey Asanin.