From boyfriend jeans to granddad sweaters, borrowing fashion from the opposite sex is hardly a new idea. We’ve had Celine’s new mens’ collection available in womens’ sizes; Cara Delevigne breaking British royal protocol by sporting a three-piece suit to Princess Eugenie’s wedding; and, of course, Billy Porter’s tuxedo dress at the Oscars. Yes, we’ve been seeing a lot of cross-gender dressing recently. In an age where binaries are breaking down and people feel more free to express exactly who they are, it’s no surprise that the androgynous look is the biggest trend of 2019. But what we didn’t expect was to see Bangkok also embracing this gender-fluid fashion.

Despite being a country that’s well-known for a diverse range of sexualities, there have still been some traditional ideas about femininity and masculinity. Taboo and stigma still surround those who challenge these distinctions. On one hand, Thai men may feel societal pressure to keep up a “masculine” front. On the other, women sometimes face backlash for not looking conventionally “feminine” — that is, not wearing a dress. Is all that about to change? Designers across the Bangkok Fashion Society (BFS) seem to think so. With their first collections for 2019, big brands like Asava and Greyhound have welcomed genderless fashion, featuring female suits and floaty male silhouettes.

While the idea that men can actually have a feminine side has been increasingly welcomed in Thailand, the idea that women can have a masculine side still has yet to keep up. That being said, the most striking thing about these collections is that the womenswear feature mostly trousers and suits. These Thai designers seem to be paving the way for a new kind of feminine-masculine blend. And with Vickteerut’s languid-chic vibe, or Kloset’s festival-athletica, genderless fashion is looking cooler than ever. As the world celebrates freedom, individuality, and self-expression, we’re truly proud to see Bangkok joining in with our unrivalled sense of style.

[Hero and feature image credit: Asv.]

Asava

For Asava, “being subtle is the loudest declaration of self-contentment and appreciation”. Their new collection is all about embracing who you are without having to shout about it. Asava’s low-key tailoring is suited for modern women with well-rounded lifestyles, and each piece this season is a quiet statement of confidence. A collection of nonchalance, Asava’s is about making female individuality and strength become the norm rather than the exception.

Asava Spring/Summer 2019 Collection is now available at: G Floor, Emporium, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-8pm). Level 1, Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Level 2, Central Chidlom, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330(10am-10pm).

Asv

Asava’s little sister brand looks all grown up here for Spring 2019. Under the title of “Farm”, the latest collection is inspired by a series of photographs taken in Africa by renowned photographer Jackie Nicholson, who designer Polpat Asavapolphra admires. With a safari colour palette and travel aesthetic, the female line inspires an adventurous spirit, appealing to women who love to explore and seek out the unpredictable and unknown. The theme of travel also brings to mind ideas of self-discovery and the journey of getting to know yourself, which the blank canvas of Asv’s androgynous styles allows you to do.

Asv Spring/Summer 2019 Collection is now available as part of Asava, locations as above.

Greyhound

 

Greyhound styles a modern urban-chic aesthetic with a tinge of athleticism to create their gender-fluid looks. Known for their laidback and too-cool attitude, the Greyhound spirit is well suited for this modern trend. Their asymmetric pyjama jumpsuits paired with trainers, or baggy nylon trousers with pointed-toe heels, are looks that are completely unconcerned about any form of expectations. It’s the ultimate collection for embracing the spirit of being — and wearing — what you want.

Greyhound Spring/Summer collection 2019 is now available at: Level 1, Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am – 10pm). Level 2, Central World (Isetan), Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). Level 3, Siam Centre, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am – 10pm). 

Kloset

Presenting a collection about girls on tour, Kloset celebrates girls’ freedom to explore, run crazy, and be a little naughty. Using Las Vegas as their campaign setting seems very fitting, and it also gives the Spring collection a mood of gambling, or of daring and risk-taking. Created with bursts of neon pastel colours, metallics, and desert-influences, these clothes are sure to get you in the mood for summer trips with your girl gang — a time where you can all be yourselves and have ridiculously good fun doing so.

Kloset Spring/Summer collection 2019 is now available at: Level 2, Emporium, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-8pm). Level 1, Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am – 10pm). Level 2, Central World (Isetan), Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). 

Painkiller

More widely known as a menswear label for the “Artsy Gentleman”, Painkiller has launched their new collection, titled ‘When Love Blooms’, for both men and women — under the same line of clothes. Hand-in-hand, couples in the campaign wear the same button-up shirts and loose trousers appearing not only as “one heart” but as one closet too. Boarding the gender-fluid ship, Painkiller take the wheel by doing away with the division between men and women altogether.

Painkiller Spring/Summer 2019 is now available at: Level 2, Emporium, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-8pm). Level 1, Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am – 10pm). Level 2, Central World (Isetan), Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). 

Vickteerut

A label that stands for a modern view of femininity, Vickteerut is one we can rely on to help womenswear in Bangkok break out of its cycle of overt sweetness and boring clichés. It’s the best of both worlds with Vickteerut: while the clothes make chic statements for themselves, they don’t make any attempts to define the wearer. With clipped minimalism and neutral colour palettes, Vickteerut’s pieces leave much room for the individual to speak for him or herself. Their latest collection comes with unexpected tailoring and alternations between simplicity and exaggeration — it’s a label that says nothing should be taken for granted.

Vickteerut Spring/Summer 2019 is now available at: Level 2, Emporium, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-8pm). Level 1, Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am – 10pm). Level 2, Central World (Isetan), Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). 

T AND T

 

An exciting and dynamic collection, T AND T‘s is inspired by the Brazilian ‘Festa de Debutantes’ — a time for girls to celebrate transitioning into womanhood. It’s a time of liveliness, parties, and dancing. However, T AND T adds their own modern, delicious twist (their prints feature brightly coloured fruits and tropical fare): instead of having to wear ballgowns and dresses to celebrate womanhood, what about tracksuits and box-shirts? Presenting clothes that today’s girls can really dance in, T AND T is the label that’s giving new meaning to modern day “womanhood”.

T AND T Spring/Summer 2019 collection is now available at: Level 2, Emporium, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-8pm). Level 1, Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am – 10pm). Level 2, Central World (Isetan), Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). 

Karn Chatikavanij
Style Writer
A globetrotter with a love for sushi and Miu Miu, Karn is a fan of all things upbeat, delicious, and well-dressed. Her frequent activities include packing for beach trips, listening to 80s music, and trying to make daytime pyjamas happen.