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