Monday, 29 June 2015

Ong-Oaj Pairam AW15 Collection

This season Ong-Oaj Pairam celebrates the iconic pop culture and celebrity status in all its oversized excessive glamorous indulgence and luxurious glory.

His prints take on a Warhol like approach which can be clearly seen in the recurring image of the young Elizabeth Taylor on an oversized swing coat and the fitted tailored coat.

Other prints take on a camouflage appearance creating a suggestion of danger.  Ong’s urban camouflage is void of any militaristic forms; instead one is an abstract creation of paparazzi cameras and bulbs whilst the other shows a nocturnal animal (akin to the cute bush baby) caught in headlights.

These animals also appear on hand embroidery using the same techniques that are used in military garments.

Ong’s celebration of iconic pop culture isn’t all fame, money and glamour as he plays with themes of vulnerability and at times the vulgarity often associated with a celebrity lifestyle.  Exposing the person underneath are the sheer dresses adorned with Ong’s signature hand embroidered appliqués. This season the appliqués include cameras and animals caught in headlights – a visual metaphor to startled celebrities caught by the paparazzi’s flashing bulbs.

Cape Crusaders.

Left: Glittery gold metallic leather cape worn with metallic camouflage paparazzi print trousers. Right: Monochrome camera print cape with a nod to the stars of the silver screen

True glamour in a metallic jacquard cape paired with men’s style evening dress shirt, pony skin skirt and gold pony skin and python shoes. Gloves made by Chester and Hawkins especially for the collection. Sunglasses by Kirk

Flying High with Bomber Jackets

Left: Gold metallic aviator style bomber jacket with large shearling collar. Teamed with men’s style evening dress shirt and Liz Taylor print skirt.
Right: Super soft shearling bomber jacket in bold blue. Teamed with purple velvet dress – the camera and paparazzi flashes images are burnt into the fabric.

Warm decadence 

It doesn’t matter what you wear underneath as these two coats you definitely won’t want to take off!

Smooth Velvet

Left: Ong Oaj signature evening dress in monochrome camera printed velvet 
Right: Understated elegance in regal purple.

Showstoppers in the finale evening gowns, because this season to Ong ‘Too much is never enough!’

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