Maybe this should be called “How I Became A Devoted Follower Of The #Ongtourage”, because that’s what I am. I’d seen the AW15 show from Ong-Oaj Pairam and formed an instant love of this most talented of designers, but now after the SS16 show (which you may remember the review in brief of) I’m a fully paid up fan.
Ong-Oaj Pairam is a magician with material. Creating movement in garments is such a hard task, they need to be engineered with the flow in mind, Ong-Oaj creates dream-like clouds of fabric that move, flow and bounce in a way that just screams theatre and drama.
Each piece is so perfectly tailored at times it’s hard to avoid the comparison with works of art, I’m with the V&A on this one, fashion can be art. When you see the second consecutive show where it could be a moving gallery rather than a catwalk you know you are seeing something special.
The palette will be perfect for SS16, the more muted tones as spring emerges, moving into the delicate more varied tones, bursting into the bold colours like blocks of orange and mustard as summer arrives. The prints are so well thought out, setting up garments to really make statements. The femininity preserved in the cut and form. I know which show is going on my AW16 must see’s at Feb’s LFW.