Salasai ‘Siren of the Tropics’ S/S 09/10 Collection Review

Salasai - Siren of the TropicsWith a name like “Siren of the Tropics” you know Salasai’s SS10 collection is going to be provocative, sexy and a teensy bit dangerous. In fact, the collection itself takes its title from a rather racy 1927 silent film featuring the ever-seductive Josephine Baker. While Kirsha Whitcher’s latest collection is undoubtedly her most feminine yet, Siren of the Tropics retains the trademark Salasai look. It’s still hip, cool and edgy enough for Rihanna, which means the rest of us should have no qualms.

Like many other collections this season, Salasai brings us that delectable bold watermelon hue that has us craving golden summer days spent at long sprawling beaches. Whether in silk or in crepe, this gorgeous colour looks stunning and is fortunately flattering on most skin tones.

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The collection is generally comprised of silks, crepes and linens, which, when combined with the emphasis on draping, achieves a heavenly melting effect. One of my personal favourites is this lovely jacket dress (above) which could definitely work for both day and night. And while comfort doesn’t usually factor highly in my fashion choices, I find myself quite taken by how practical this ensemble looks.

Another major component of Whitcher’s latest collection is the use of ruffles. While ruffles are often associated with frivolous girlishness, in the skilled and deft hands of Whitcher, they instantly become seductive and nonchalant. I particularly adore this shirt dress, which is creamy and romantic, and this leotard, which in my possibly twisted mind screams Lady Gaga. I adore Lady Gaga, by the way…

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In addition, having an unhealthy addiction to hosiery, I was immediately drawn to the rolled down knee high stockings featured in several ensembles throughout the collection. No doubt an allusion to the 1920s flapper trend, I was surprised to see it also pop up in the Organic by John Patrick SS10 collection at New York Fashion Week.

In short, Whitcher’s ‘Siren of the Tropics’ really does live up to its name with sensuality galore. The draping and ruffles make it more feminine than Salasai’s previous collections, but this indubitably counts toward its favour as it provides a refreshing break from the current trend of designers regurgitating every heinous ‘80s trend that ever saw the light of day. So, when you’re tired of your ripped leggings and studded denim jacket, get down to a Salasai stockist and awaken that little ‘siren’ in you!

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Review written by Kelly Jin


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