I’ve been so incredibly uninspired by what the winds of fashion (or lack there of) have brought of late, that I’ve literally drifted into depression because of it. I feel as if we’ve seen it all before and that design houses have raised anchor on creativity and set sail for commerciality. I don’t however lay blame on the designers at the helm. I’m all too aware that the power behind any label lay with the corporate types lurching in the darkness below deck, their only interest, the numbers of sales, while for the art of fashion they have little or no concern. Nicolas Ghesquiere in his interview on life after Balenciaga sums this observation up exactly. “The strongest pieces that we made for the catwalk got ignored by the business people. They forgot that in order to get to that easily sellable biker jacket, it had to go via a technically mastered piece that had been shown on the catwalk.”

Certainly the catwalk has shown us many examples of wonderful pieces, it always does but I’m not talking here about those few amazing design houses, solid with their collections; Ellie Saab, McQueen and Valentino who never disappoint. Rather I’m referring to the overall picture, the one that should be captioned with the word ‘inspirational’. Is it just me, or has discovering a way of improving upon the recipe for Frozen Margaritas become so much more interesting that an afternoon spent in the company of the current crop of fashion magazines?

A couple of days ago, on the verge of coma, trying to find something inspirational to write about, a miracle happened, I discovered SORAPOL and no it’s not a new anti-depressant, rather it’s a real jewel in British fashion. How I could not have seen this brand before is beyond my comprehension but you can be sure that I’ll be hawkishly watching them from now on. The London-based fashion brand wowed me with their fourth and very dramatic A/W 2013 collection “The Beauty of Xiaohe” which is so evidently inspired by Asia. I love the bold colours, their use of luxurious silk fabrics and find the combination of Haute Couture with Pret-a-Porter pieces rather refreshing. The dramatic flowing skirts, ornate embroidery and attention to details are definitely proof of incredible craftsmanship.

SORAPOL, I applaud your originality, creativity and I thank you for returning my faith in the belief that fashion can, if not should be inspirational.

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

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Creative Direction by Daniel Lismore, Styling by Karl Willet, make up provided by ILLAMASQUA, hair by Snowden Hill, SORAPOL Crocodile bags by S’uvimol, and SORAPOL jewellery by Nico Yang.

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