Bangkok Fashion Week 2008
Bangkok Fashion Week 2008

BANGKOK, Sep 2, 2008 / FW/ — For the past 20 years, Thailand’s BIFF&BIL 2008 have pushed forward Thailand’s fashion industry making the largest fashion and leatherwear fair in the Southeast Asia region.

For the Fall / Winter 2008 season, held from Aug 27 – 31, BIFF featured collections from the Thailand’s well-known designers and fashion houses led by Somchai Kaewthong from Kai and other designers from the Bangkok Fashion Society (BFS) such as Greyhound, Senada, Disaya, Sretsis, Kloset and Munchu’s.

Veteran designer Somchai ‘Kai’ Kaewtong is a pioneer in Thailand’s fashionindustry with more than 40 years of experience. Already a household name in Thailand, delighted his fans with floral daydresses in earth tone colorsfollowed by eveningwear in soft flowing satin in floral prints. Kai capped of its collection set with a signature design marked by intricate pleats and needlework.

It was “A Journey to Kenya” from Senada by designer Chanita Preechawitayakul. Inspired by her trip to Kenya, Chanida’s collection featured wildlife prints in smart designs including tailored suits for women in action.

Pimdao Sukhahuta from Sretsis proposed “Parellel Universe” shown as an interaction of reality and the imaginary. Sretsis’s prints were inspired by nature such as scenery, wildlife and the mystery of universe. One of the
highlights was the set of prints entitled “Panorama” by famous illustrator Thirawat Thiankaprasit on different kinds of fabrics. If connected, the prints in each outfit make a big panorama.

Disaya by Disaya Prakobsantisukh, meanwhile, marked her collection with glitz and glam that accentuates femininity and sensuality. Representing growth in women’s life, Disaya’s designs ranged from evoking child-like
innocence, to youth and maturity while focusing on feminine charm and mystique.

For Manchu’s, black is Munchumart Numbenjapol’s latest collection which is inspired by the dream- like mystery of night time. Her designs were also marked by elongated dresses.

Mollika Ruangkritya from Kloset differentiated her collection with rock & roll liveliness, inspired by the famous Broadway musical ?Grease.? Although
focusing on women?s designs, Mollika?s collection cleverly combined the
masculine and the feminine through the use of tattoo with floral prints

Capping off the Autumn-Winter collection at BIFF & BIL fashion extravanza
was the stylish designs by Vichukorn Chokedeetaweeanan from Greyhound.
?Soften the Edge? was the theme, bringing out the soft lines in modern
architectural designs.

[Lindsay McCallum]

photos courtesy of BIFF