London Fashion Week

Inspired by a myriad of references including the photographic book Swans, Legends of the Jet Society, Ong Oaj Pairam brings a Riviera cool laid-back glamour to his day wear and (as always) a French couture style to his evening gowns.

Showing a sense of humour, Tintin is a key source of inspiration in the creation of Ong’s safari jackets and his trench coats. The camel safari jacket is in supple perforated leather whilst the trench comes in bright yellow suede similar to the colour of Tintin’s hair.

Look closely and you’ll find that the chic jacquard print on this trench coat is not just your classic polka dot but also has tiny silhouettes of butterflies and insects hidden amongst them.

For his SS16 prints, Ong has the jet set life in mind with a stacked suitcases pattern. Other prints include a delicate Oriental floral pattern and eerie silhouettes of birds perched on branches.

Hand-stitched ruffles cocoon the wearer in exaggerated glamour and luxury.

Ong chooses a calming colour palette of utilitarian shades of green, russet, sand, tan and camel representing the jet set’s cosmopolitan travels on safari, to the jungle and yachts anchored on the Riviera.

Bursts of sky blues and burning yellow, fuchsia and orange show the richness and colour in the life of the jet setter.

Hand-stitched appliqués and embroidery feature tropical birds, butterflies and flowers, fused with plastics and traditional Irish techniques.

Our picks for the spring/summer races:

Perforated leather trench dress in creamy camel – a sexy classic look for the fashionable must-have leather dress. Great for Aintree’s Grand National Festival.

As an alternative this blue trouser suit will pass any raceday dress codes. Stylish for Newmarket’s Guineas Festival or Epsom’s Derby Festival.

This gold dress with floral print and lavishly embroidered with tropical birds is perfect for the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot.

Floaty silk chiffon in white and yellow bird silhouette print – a romantic look for Glorious Goodwood.


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