By Darunee Thao
Inspired by Indonesia fashion blogger, Olivia Lazuardy - known for her odyssey of fashion, style, and travel - this S/S 2021 collection is a combination of streetwear and refined tailoring that redefines the meaning of casual streetwear. The setting for this collection is a coffee shop, a busy street, a cozy apartment - the aspirational city of the young, professional woman. The muse’s modern urban lifestyle is perfectly outfitted in this mix-and-match collection that pairs professional pieces, street-style bucket hats, and forward-thinking trends like double collars and a repurposed shirt in a palette of new neutrals and pops of orange.
Behind the Collection
Born in Thailand, Darunee Thao, grew up observing her parent’s creativity and expertise in making Hmong jewelry and traditional clothes, inspiring her career as a fashion designer. After resettling to the United States in 2004, she has spent much of her educational and professional career designing for local fashion shows for Planned Parenthood and Fresh Traditions Season 13. In many of her designs, Darunee utilizes creative exploration with non-traditional materials. Heavily influenced by the transition to a new culture, she has taken a mix-and-match approach to her collections blending elements from different high fashion street styles.