Liat Shaaf @liatshaaf

Photography – TARAS SHYMBRA

A legend. A princess. A journey of becoming ones own. A special flower.  Kadupul. This was the magical and enthriling inspiration for SORAPOLs SS17 collection. 

The Kadupul flower, known as the Gekka Bijin, or “Beauty Under The Moon, is a legendary rare desert flower of a Cactus, which blossoms at night for just a few mesmerizing moments. The Kadupul Flower is a rare plant, and it cannot be picked without causing damage to it. It will only last for hours after being picked therefore can rarely be bought, making it priceless. 

Taketori Monogatari, an early Japanese folk tale is a story of Princess Kaguya who was discovered by a childless bamboo-cutter inside a bamboo as a baby the size of a thumb. She grew up to be a beautiful girl. Whenever Kaguya looked at the full moon, her eyes filled with tears. Burdened with longing and sadness, she was able to bare it no longer, and she revealed that she was not of this world and must return to her people on the Moon. 

These are the inspirations for SORAPOLs SS17 10-piece collection of fairy-like delicate, romantic, flowing evening dresses. Feminine and luxurious, the lacy dresses are truly worthy of a princess. In pale, pure white and black, these lovely, couture-like frocks are majestic and regal, yet playful and girly. Made of soft mesh, silvery silks and opulent organzas, and adorned with lots of flowers, delicate bead work and intricate embroidery, they are rich and enchanting. Just like a rare flower given to a celestial princess. 

The brightness and whiteness of the Kadupul flower and the sandy dunes and the inky black of night make a minimalist color pallet with the strongest effect of elegance, strength and yet contrasting feminine fragility. 

SORAPOL is a London-centric designer brand of Founder & Head Designer Sorapol Chawaphatnakul and Creative Director & British artist Daniel Lismore. The brand launched their first collection True Colours in SS12. The label quickly gained attention from the fashion press, featuring in Elle, Vogue, Tatler, GQ, Harpers Bazaar, Dazed & Confused, W Magazine and more. 

Their creations have been worn by trend setters such as Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith, Azealia Banks, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, to name a few.