After Hours by RUKPONG

“Can we break free from what we desire to be?”
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“After Hours” began with the idea of what the sartorial workwear uniform represents, visually and emotionally. The vanity that it holds towards a man and pride that it gives a man. Strict forms, precise
constructions and tight relationship with the body, it holds on to us as mush as we hold on to them. But at the end of the day, we desire so much to break free from the forms we created but a part of us still holds
on to it. This idea of tension inspired the collection.

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The strict sartorial silhouettes were expanded and given a new take on construction, reliance other parts of the body such as the neck, back or wrist creates the tension between the body. Knots and folds from the neck tie plays big reference in the way they were constructed.

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By the concept of after work, the forms were taken in to the care-free spaces of the night life. Neon lights and bright colors inspired the palette and materials used. “Shot fabrics” in silk twill creates a neon glow on the garment as if they were soaked in neon lights. Different weights and textures were also used.

The fabrics in this collection was supported by Jim Thompson.
Rukpong is a 25 year old designer based in Bangkok, Thailand, he graduated from Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University. During the 4 years of study, he started working in the fashion industry by working as a freelance graphic designer for local brands, his portfolio includes Greyhound,
Playhound, Project 1.1 by Greyhound, 4X4MAN, Realistic Situation, Curated by Ek Thongprasert, Chai Gold Label, Wisharawish and many more.
His involvement in the industry allows him to see the different aspects of fashion, both from the artistic and the commercial sides.
In 2013, he entered Contemporary Fashion Contest, a local competition for young designers using local traditional materials. His collection “Site Sight” was created from a graphical view, it’s strong graphic presence and geometrical silhouette was well received by the jury and won him first runner up. Later
that year,he showcase his second collection “8-6,11-4” (eight to six eleven to four), at Bangkok Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013. The collection was based on the observation of people on the streets during the two periods of time.
In 2014, he joined PP Group, Thailand’s leading luxury retailor as an in-house graphic designer. He was given the opportunity to work under top international brands under the company’s umbrella, which includes Celine, Loewe, Longchamp, Givenchy, Tory Burch, Saint Laurent Paris, Emilio Pucci and Roger Vivier. He recently joined Jim Thompson as Brand Visual Communication Developer, and is currently looking after the brand’s new corporate visual identity.
In 2015, in the second edition of Harpers’ Bazaar Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award after winning second place in the national round, he represents Thailand in the regional finals. Competing among other 10 finalists form 5 countries, ho took home second place.
He continues to explore his conceptual point of view through clothes by combining art, architecture and graphic elements to create conceptual pieces.
Photography Credit
Model: Sergey Brisiuk
Photographer : Sutthiwat Sangkong
Realisation : Natthapol Klaharn
www.rukpong.com

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