Sub­tle glam­our

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By S.S. YOGA yoga@thes­tar.com.my

Sonny San draws in­spi­ra­tion from the Royal Wed­ding for his lat­est Fall/Win­ter col­lec­tion.

Sonny San’s lat­est col­lec­tion brings back el­e­gant dress­ing with style nu­ances from Kate Mid­dle­ton.

AS A de­signer, Sonny San of­ten draws in­spi­ra­tion from his trav­els, ob­ser­va­tions on how peo­ple dress, and from var­i­ous muses and artists.

This Fall/Win­ter 2011, the sea­son will be for­ever re­mem­bered for what hap­pened off the run­ways as much as on the run­ways. For eclipse, the un­equiv­o­cal off-the-run­way mo­ment was the royal wed­ding. Yes, that par­tic­u­lar wed­ding, the union of Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton.

“I have al­ways ad­mired the Bri­tish Royal fam­ily for their deep-rooted sense of tra­di­tion. The wed­ding cap­ti­vated the at­ten­tion of mil­lions of peo­ple and gar­nered pos­si­bly the high­est view­er­ship in his­tory for any tele­vised event. The sight of the Duchess of Cam­bridge in her long-sleeved wed­ding gown in­stantly in­spired mil­lions of women to dress el­e­gantly with dig­nity,” says San.

Ini­tially, though, San was not sure if peo­ple cared any­more for such nup­tials. Mired in a gen­er­a­tion where chivalry is deemed dead, Prince Charm­ing’s a mere leg­end and even chil­dren scoff at fairy tales, ral­ly­ing en­thu­si­asm for the royal wed­ding seemed doomed.

But as the event drew nearer, peo­ple grudg­ingly started to ad­mit that out of cu­rios­ity, they would tune in for just a mo­ment to catch a glimpse of the wed­ding.

How­ever, within the span of 24 hours, the In­ter­net was abuzz – trend­ing over two mil­lion tweets, six mil­lion Face­book sta­tus up­dates and 800,000 views of the royal wed­ding – mak­ing it the sixth most pop­u­lar event since 2005.

And just like that, as if a page had been taken right out of a fairy tale, the bash­ful, hum­ble and bliss­fully happy real-life prince and princess-to-be stole the hearts of the

na­tion and the world.

“It is daunt­ing to purely draw my de­sign in­spi­ra­tion from an event but I am not a de­signer that lit­er­ally trans­lates in­spi­ra­tion into my de­signs. What works is the sub­tle nu­ances of lady-like dress­ing, and this has per­me­ated through­out the en­tire fall col­lec­tion, which is aris­to­cratic and thor­ough­bred,” says San.

As such, eclipse’s col­lec­tion is all about pol­ished lady-like el­e­gance with un­mis­tak­able lux­ury ap­peal pulsed with in­sou­ciant glam­our. Grace and style re­de­fines the idea of tra­di­tion, and roy­alty gives it a sense of mod­ernised class.

The spirit of con­fi­dent fem­i­nin­ity rules the sea­son and de­mure dresses that cover more than ex­pose is the un­ex­pected mode de rigueur.

It’s an as­pi­ra­tional col­lec­tion de­fined by lav­ish cool­ness all made in co­pi­ous, ul­tra-luxe ma­te­ri­als. Whether it be floor-skimming il­lus­tri­ous evening gowns, fem­i­nine flared dresses or form-fit­ting pieces, it looks like state­ment dresses are back in full force.

Key evening pieces are a long fit­ted high­neck gown in plush vel­vet with webbed lace at the waist, and a mod­ernised god­dess gown with asym­met­ric high col­lar fas­ten­ing and thigh-high over­lap­ping slit. Day dresses re­flect the lux­u­ri­ant and dig­ni­fied look of the sea­son, rang­ing from body con­tour dresses with de­tailed necklines to wasp-waisted “danc­ing” dresses em­bel­lished with dia­mante.

The eclipse photo shoot was held at the E&O Ho­tel in Pe­nang, a fit­ting lo­cale for a royal-look­ing col­lec­tion in­deed.

Prices range from RM269 to RM459. Bags and ac­ces­sories are priced from RM39 on­wards. Avail­able at eclipse stores in the Klang Val­ley, Pe­nang and Kota Kinabalu.

Re­sort feel: Graphic lace printed jersey low V-back long dress with high slit, from eclipse’s Fall/Win­ter 2011 col­lec­tion.

Mod­ernised god­dess gown with asym­met­ric high col­lar fas­ten­ing and over­lap­ping slit.

Form-fit­ting dress with origami de­tail­ing on neck­line and bodice.

Sim­ply fem­i­nine swirling V-neck dress.

Scooped low-back dress

in struc­tured jersey.

Printed chif­fon gown worn with cape.

cap-sleeved, square-neck, form-fit­ting neo­prene

dress.

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