No artist can leave Angkor Wat without being inspired. The eons-old wonder is a fount of visual stimulation that leaves one awestruck and endowed with a mind overflowing with beautiful memories. For Cebu-based designer Oj Hofer, the memories came flooding back right when he was conceptualizing his Holiday 2011 collection for Fashion Watch. As if aided by the devatas (Hindu guardian angels) who he drew inspiration from, Oj created a 25-look lineup that is both grounded and divine.
For someone who is not specifically known for always playing with color, Oj pulled out all the stops for this outing, palette-wise. Starting darkly with a faux leather jacket and wool trousers in black, the collection ran effortlessly through a gamut of colors—from dark to bright, the progression was akin to a dawning day. There are plenty of goddess gowns in sumptuous colors (some slinky, some with electric pleats): plum (belted with a faux leather obi), cerulean (with a long beaded shoulder strap), puce, persimmon, and gold. For shorter wardrobe choices, there are knee-length day dresses in sky blue, citrine, and turmeric. Also equally covetable are the pairings of strong-shouldered tops and billowy pants, in steel blue (with a brocade obi), cerise and violet, and black and Tyrian purple.
As with Angkor Wat, and even Cambodia in general, we have no problem revisiting this collection, what with all the lovely treats it has to offer. But what we're even more excited to see is how Oj will top this outing with his Summer 2012 collection.
Click on the photo gallery to view his collection.