Sorapol SS 2015- Making A Case For Diversity On The Catwalk

Let Us Tell You About The Sorapol London Fashion Week Show

 

So we arrived at the grand, albeit unassuming building of the Royal College of Surgeons with great expectations of what to expect from this year’s Sorapol SS 15 collection as we had been regaled with tales of how avant garde and artistic the designer’s collections were.

As we waited to get into the show, we watched as A list guests including Gail Potter and Scottish DJ Eunice Omole made their way in, and even though we had to wait a bit before the show began (everything had to be perfect!), all thoughts of time spent waiting were banished as the lights came on and it was show time!

The presentation before our eyes was simply magical. With music that sounded distinctively like Afrobeats/highlife wafting through the hall, we were transported back in time into designs that seemed like a marriage of African and French renaissance…if ever there was one.

We counted as not one, two, three or four black models sashayed down the runway, but a total of 29 stunningly beautiful black models graced the catwalk in exquisite designs from the Sorapol duo which comprises of Bangkok born designer Sorapol Chawaphatnaku and artist and creative director Daniel Lismore.

By the time legendary model Debra Shaw closed the show in a show stopping black gown with feathery details accessorized with a stunning headpiece, we were hooting and applauding the genius creativity that saw two cultures merge for the love of fashion.

According to the designers, the inspiration for the collection was ‘a medley of ideas’ which ‘seamlessly married African strength and French romanticism into a fusion of texture and colour’.

The pastels are also apparently an ode to the ‘grandeur of Marie Antoinette’ and this is evident in the embossed images on the designs on some of the headpieces and dresses.

At a time when diversity in the media and now fashion has become a very big concern, Sorapol has shown the industry that creativity is colour blind (hopefully).

See some of our favourite pieces from the collection below.

photo credit: Sorapollondon/Instagram

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Debra Shaw closing the Sorapol SS15 show at the Royal College of Surgeons

Debra Shaw closing the Sorapol SS15 show at the Royal College of Surgeons

 

regal designs and pastel colours were some of the highlights of the collection

regal designs and pastel colours were some of the highlights of the collection

 

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