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Bangkok August 27th 2014

Fit & Firm Pear

Autumn/Winter Collections 2014

Your Fortnightly What’s On Guide to Bangkok






COVER: Pear Tantivirasut. Photo by Paul Hutton. ----------------------------------------------

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Page 22 22.22.22 Imperial Queen’s Park

Page 30 Lexus Launch at Okura Prestige



Page 34 Gaysorn Style Experience

Page 42 Bally New Store and New Collection

Page 46 Iconic Fashion Show at Central World.

Page 50 Four Seasons Wedding Galleria

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Page 54 McQ Launch and Fashion Show.

Daily Events Middle Eastern Buffet @ The Pavilion Dusit Thani Bangkok introduces a Middle Eastern themed indulgence at The Pavilion between August and September. Experience an endless flow of specially crafted halal-certified menus including Kebab (grilled beef or lamb marinated with garlic and Arabic spices); Chicken Biryani; Hummus (chickpea dip); Sheesh Tawouk (skewered marinated chicken breast and grilled), and Baklawa (filo pastry layered with walnut and sugar syrup) alongside our extensive international lunch buffet with priced at THB 1,090++ per person. Throughout August and September.

New Chef, New Inspiration @ La Scala. The Sukhothai Chef Antonio Michele Totaro, multi-talented new chef of iconic Italian restaurant La Scala, takes pride in introducing a brand new menu – ready to serve for lunch and dinner. Inspired by Mediterranean cuisine, Chef Antonio has meticulously prepared this exciting new menu, focusing upon the freshest of ingredients sourced locally, in addition to some of the finest available imported from Italy. Throughout August and September.

Seafood Risotto of Clam, Mussels, Lobster, Scallop & Crab @ La Scala

Fragile Flavours of Wild Flowers @ Smooth Curry Chef Jasvir has created a special menu of 11 dishes comprising appetizers, main courses and a dessert that include the delicate petals of indigenous Thai flowers among their pivotal ingredients. Available at both lunch and dinner, the reasonably priced menu includes a choice of three healthy and flavour some salads that many will never have experienced before. Throughout August and September.

Creative French Cuisine @ VIE Hotel You can get 50% discount at the modern, French and ultra classy La VIE Set Lunch in La VIE, served everyday from noon – 3 pm. Every dish of 3-Course Set Lunch is a voyage in gastronomy - from a delightful variety of starters, soups and salads, to the signature Snow Fish, Lamb Chop and Grilled selections for main course choices, and finishing off with rich desserts such as Dark and White Chocolate Millefeuille, French Crème Brûlée or Chocolate fondant. Also included is a choice of six special healthy “VIE Life Enhancing drinks” that will make you feel great and taste even better. La VIE Set Lunch and all it offers is normally THB 739++ per person but you can now get a great discount. Throughout September.


Zen Event Gallery at Central World Hosts Latest Collection

Photos by Paul Hutton

Anantara’s King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament Packs its Trunk and Moves to Bangkok

This year’s event will move from its original home of Hua Hin to VR Sports Club in Bang Bo, Samut Prakan, on the outer limits of Bangkok, from August 27th – 31st and promises to have more nail-biting action both on and off the field. The annual tournament, now in its thirteenth year, has become one of the biggest charitable events in SE Asia. This year, 16 teams encompassing over 50 players, including professional horse polo players, the New Zealand All-Blacks rugby team, Thai supermodels, and Thailand’s Miss Tiffany’s and a selection of teams that hail from the four corners of the planet, will join the tournament in order to raise funds to better the lives of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephant population.

Fundraising from last year’s event has been donated to a number of projects in Thailand including supporting research and clinics using elephants in therapy sessions for children living with autism; building the first elephant hospital in Krabi in the southern part of Thailand and donating a gantry to help lame elephants stand to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC). Other projects include planting 4,000 trees to create elephant corridors in Kui Buri to help avoid elephant/farmer conflicts; funding the roll out of children’s educational programs with the Thai Ministry to teach them the importance of conservation and protection of wild elephants in Thailand, and funding workshops showing traditional elephant trainers and camp owners the benefits of Positive Reinforcement Training for domesticated elephants. A total of 50 street elephants will take part in this year’s tournament, during which they are well fed, provided with a native forest environment, and receive essential vitamin supplements, full veterinary checks and care for the duration of the event. Highlights include: 27th August, Wednesday 12:00 pm Training sessions 7:00 pm Tournament handicapping draw and opening party at Trader Vic’s 28th August, Thursday 8:00 am Monk blessing ceremony 9:00 am Grand opening parade 9:30 am Tournament matches all day 11:00 am Fruit buffet for the elephants 8:00 pm WEPA Legends Dinner 29th August, Friday Children’s day 8:00 am Tournament matches all day 9:00 am Elephant education & fun for kids all day 7:00 pm Grand auction gala dinner 'The Chicago Jazz Club’ at Chaophraya Ballroom, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa

Fit and Firm Buddy Search Award for Pear and her Partner Dee Alita “Pear” Tantivirasut and “Dee” Veerasak Mahsahaao have achieved an incredible feat by winning the sixth annual San Miguel Fit and Firm Buddy Award in Bangkok at their first entry into any fitness contest, scooping 100,000 baht in prize money for their efforts. The pair both work as models, and while both at a recent assignment discovered their mutual affection for keep fit. Pear has only been working out for the last couple of years, but is now fully devoted to her routines, which include weights, cardio vascular, running (rarely now as she has become too slim) and swimming. Her motto is: Don't wish for it. Work for it! “I believe if you want to achieve anything in life, be it a good body, good health or good grades at school you are going to have to work at it. Give it a hundred per cent, be dedicated and most importantly enjoy what you are doing.” Pear, from Bangkok, has been working as a freelance model for the last four years. Her workout partner Dee hails from Narathiwat in the south of Thailand. The duo have developed a great sense of trust since exercising together, which was vital for the contest, in which the pair had to perform a strenuous routine that had to display gymnastic skills along with strength and conviction.

Words and photos by Paul Hutton

Pear at a recent modelling assignment at Yellow Tail Sushi Bar

Competition photos by Pornpong Harnklakijkul (

Thursday August 28th Sode Sing Jinglebell @ Fallabella Catch popular band ETC along with DJs Zara Gift and Faahsai. Entry: 450 baht. ZAAP Party @ Virgin by Wip168 Lomosonic are topping the bill, ably backed up by DJs from the Rave and Glow crew. Absolut Artelier @ Siam Discovery Second Floor August 28th to 31st. Four day music festival running from 7pm to 1am each day. Desktop Error and Jelly Rocket will perform, while Pongsatorn “Shy� Limanon will showcase his artworks. Debut Wall @ TCDC - Thailand Creative and Design Centre. An exhibition opening by Minami Yuzawa. 6pm in the TCDC lobby. Business networking, debut talk and snacks. 13th King's Cup Elephant Polo @ VR Sports Club, Bang Bo, Samut Prakan August 28th to 31st. For the first time in Bangkok. The four day event has moved from Hua Hin. More details of the line-up: Down Town Soul Thursdays @ DCR (Downtown Cocktail Room) Tonight: Bad Beat and Sweet Willie.

Friday August 29th Meet and Greet @ The Summit, Hilton Sukhumvit A Bangkok expats networking event. 6pm until midnight. With incredible vocals by Broadway Babe, Kristen Rossi, from New York and DJ KC. In conjunction with Speakeasy Fridays. The Summit is a New York style Penthouse which is designed for exclusive events and social gatherings. Num T-Bone Live @ Oskar Bistro Num is the percussionist from T-bone. He will be blending his unique samba style flavours backed by resident DJ Alex Fischer's selection of house music. Double Trouble @ Grease Free Entry. DJs Gus and Knatz bring their monthly mix of old and new school hip-hop. White Party @ Ocean Dress Code: All White (ladies in white get three free drinks). DJs and poolside fire shows until late. Sukhumvit Soi 33. Uncooked Rice @ Wine Bibber Sangria The Ekamai/Thonglor venue is back with another bucket party. Ekamai Soi 2. Hustle and Flow @ Nest Rooftop Free Entry. 9pm until late. Featuring The Concrete Roses. Drink promotions all night long.

Num T-Bone at Oskar

Saturday August 30th HOLA! Spanish Night @ Baan Le Flux Chic rooftop bar and lounge. Homemade cooking with Spanish tapas, Paella (prepared by Santi, chef at Hola Thonglor) and Le Flux (secret) Mojito and Sangria. Guest DJ Pepe Pepelucho Special 'all you can eat' Paella at 390 baht net. Sangria at 90 baht (glass) DJ Falcon @ KU DE TA An exclusive set by the Daft Punk collaborator. Free Entry. Also featuring DJ Supersonic. Mike Gao @ Wine Bibber Sangria Supported by local DJs Slomororo (Late Night Brotherhood), Ballistic, Monster P (CMYK) and Kraytel. So Pool Party @ The Water Club, Sofitel So Entry: 400 baht with one free drink. Two zones: swimming pool and chill out zone. Guest DJ Eddy Frampton. 1pm - 9pm Triplicity @ Glow Line-up: The Outsider (Sweden) and Viva 8 (JJ Market) plus Resident DJs Denis Beyer (Germany) and Zeek (Thailand).

Sunday August 31st I’m A Painter…On Earth @ Marsi Gallery, Suan Pakkard Palace Opening night of an exhibition by Kingtun Pakinee Ratana. 1pm - 4pm. Exhibition throughout September. Rock Talking Life @ Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani Ticket Price: 2,000 Baht, 1,500 Baht, 1,000 Baht and 800 Baht. Gates open at 2pm. Concert starts at 4pm. Russian Serenade Concert @ M Theatre Compositions by two of Russia's greatest composers, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. Performed by Thailand’s leading chamber orchestra Pro Musica. Directed by Leo Phillips Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings Op.48 Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony for String Orchestra Op. 110a (Arrangement: Rudolf Barshai) Ticket 800 and 500 THB (Student Ticket 100 THB) Special VIP tickets 1,200 with free flow vodka after party with the artists. Sunday Escape @ Ocean Free Entry. Open bar from 3pm to 4pm. International DJs and pool side massages (250 Baht). This week's lineup features the four Female DJs Yui, Misstake, Queen P and Nastanet. The first five groups of girls get a free bottle of Prosecco.

Monday September 1st Mojito Mondays @ Nest Rooftop Buy one get one free promotion from 6pm until 9pm.

DJ Falcon

Farewell To A Ba

The Soon to Close Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel Held a Tha

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General Manager Michal Zitek

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Comedy Central The Comedy Club Bangkok is About to Become the City’s Only Dedicated English Language Comedy Venue Friday nights at The Royal Oak in Bangkok will never be the same again after The Comedy Club opens for business early next month. The venue sits above the pub, and will be holding regular comedy nights every Friday from September 12th. With stand up, open mic and comedy quiz shows lined up, The Comedy Club will encourage local talent to blossom while also hosting international acts. The Comedy Club is the brainchild of Creative Directors Chris Wegoda (above left) and Drew McCreadie (above right), who felt that the city needed a creative comedic hub, especially since the closure of The Londoner, which was well known for holding comedy nights. Workshops for improv and stand-up are being planned, to cultivate local talent, and these will be led by Chris and Drew themselves. The auditorium can hold 100 customers who can get liquid refreshments during the performances from the venue’s small bar, or from the pub Downstairs. Glaswegian comedian Luke Ashlocke, who currently resides in Los Angeles, is booked for opening night. Luke is a member of Innovative Artists, and is promising to not only provide a headline act, but to also host a stand-up workshop.

Words and photo by Paul Hutton.


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n Suan Phueng, Ratchaburi Composite Photo by Paul Hutton

The Music Run is Coming to Bangkok

AIA is calling all music lovers and running enthusiasts to get ready to get their fist pumping and their heart thumping as it is bringing The Music Run by AIA, the most interactive 5km fun run on the planet, to Thailand for the first time! Slated for 1st November 2014 at Bangkok’s SuanLuang Rama IX Park, The Music Run by AIA promises a running experience unlike any other as music fans can walk, run, or dance through five 1km music zones. The music zones ‘Rock’, ‘Pop’, ‘Retro’, ‘Local Favourites’ and ‘Dance’ are powered by The Music Run™, ‘s Global Digital Music Partner Spotify, the world’s most popular music streaming service which will be coming to Thailand soon. In line with the run’s tagline ‘Your music, YourbeatTM’,all participants who register can vote online for their favourite track from each of the five music genres. The five most popular tracks from each music genre will then be selected to form music zone playlists for the actual run. As the brainchild of Fresh Events Global, Director Sam Middlehurst believes that The Music Run’s combination of music and running form a powerful connection with today’s modern generation. “With the resounding success of The Music Run™ in Kuala Lumpur earlier in March, we are proud to be bringing it to Bangkok for the first time. “ True to its fun philosophy, The Music Run by AIAwill end its programme with a fist-pumping music festival at the finish zone Participants can register at from 25th August 2014. Each ticket is priced at 700 THB

Wednesday September 3rd Discovering Trance with TLT Dickinson’s Culture Cafe Free Entry For clubbers and dance music lovers. Lee Van Willem (UK) G&W aka DJ Grid Wong Hosted by Jonnie B

Thursday September 4th Tattoo Night Velvet Nightclub Featuring an exclusive Tattoo Competition. There will be 4 judges and 3 prizes to be won for the best looking tattoo. There will also be the possibility to get a tattoo done all night long. Registration starts at 8pm. Competition starts at 10pm.

Friday September 5th Bronze World Hof Art Space Bronze Sculptures Group Exhibition. In this exhibition, HOF Art is displaying valuable and treasured artworks from the country’s sculpture industry by a celebrated senior artist from a prestigious artistic family Khien Yimsiri, an acclaimed artist from a family of national artists Paitun Muangsomboon, and national artist Nonthivathn Chandhanaphalin. HOF Art has put together a collection of bronze sculptures which are masterpieces and the only pieces in the world which have never been exhibited before. The exhibition will run from 5 September – 26 October Free Entry 10am - 7pm

Kool by the Pool Sofitel Sukhumvit Music by international DJs, BBQ brunch, cocktails and poolside lounging. This month's lineup features DJs Kimball Collins, Cello and KC. Entry is free of charge. Noon until 8pm. Every first Saturday. Noir on the Pool Ocean Another alternative pool party in Sukhumvit 33. Starts at 3pm, entry is 299 Baht and includes free BBQ. Six DJs are lined up.

Monday September 8th

What A Night Fallabella Rock groups Mild and Rooftop will be ably Assisted by DJ Monster P and MC Superchoke of CMYK and DJ Singhaha of ‎Sqweez Animal. Entry: 599 baht.

Emma Hewitt Live in Bangkok Mansion RCA Entry: 500 baht with one drink. Her haunting melodies, yearning lyrics and distinctive style have earned her a legion of passionate fans around the world as she continues to write and release music with some of the world’s most respected names in electronic dance music.

Stephen Hough Piano Recital Thailand Cultural Centre Hailed by the Washington Post newspaper as “A virtuoso who Vintage Bangkok begins where others leave off”, L’Appart what distinguishes renowned Asia DJ Session concert pianist Stephen Hough in Alex Fischer, Dennis particular is the substantial Frost and Yves Baron. intellectual weight that he brings to the stage, in addition to his widely admired technical facility and thoughtful musicianship which are Saturday September 6th prerequisites for any top flight performing artist. With dual British/Australian nationality, his Cosmic Gate hectic diary of international touring Start To Feel continues a long established status ONYX RCA as one of today’s elite and most Cosmic Gate are two of the most sought after pianists. successful and respected Trance Tickets: 2,000 Baht / 1,600 Baht artists in the world and ranked in DJ 1,200 Baht / 1,200 Baht Mag’s Top 100 DJs for six 800 Baht / 400 Baht consecutive years already.

Lexus Launch An Exclusive Preview Party for the Brand New NX300h was held at The Okura Prestige

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Photos by Paul Hutton

Two Concurrent Yet Contrasting Exhibitions at La Lanta Fine Art Gallery Behind the Conscious by Michele Mikesell Michele Mikesell says her work "consistently travels along a general vein of the universal human experience". Drawing heavily from art movements such as Art Brut, Mikesell is interested in exploring the idea behind the conscious. Her paintings express a narrative of the human condition, often laced with dark humour and irony. Mikesell's current paintings attempt to push the boundaries of the literal human form. The use of a bold colour in the negative space seems to evoke a dark yet comical emotion while still adding a touch of quirk.

A Chant of Seasons by Lu Jun Lu Jun's work takes its cue from one of China's most well-known art forms -- traditional landscape painting -- but his process is wholly contemporary. His photography is “digital ink and wash.� First he patiently observes the movement of ink in water, as it flows into strands of varying ebbs and flows. Water will always find a natural course, unguided and unforced. Lu Jun photographs the paths of the ink with a camera. Then, through digital manipulation, he carefully gathers strands from each image to weave into a new form. Through this process, the ink becomes both the subject and the medium.

Photos by Paul Hutton

Gaysorn’s Sty

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Gaysorn Shopping Centre, Bangkok’s home of Haute Couture, hosted a gala presentation of the latest styles on show at their range of high class fashion outlets. The cocktail party featured a fashion show that brought together the finest new designs from all the leading fashion houses. The event was topped off by a surprise mini concert by leading Thai pop performer Palmy (see next pages).



Photos by Paul Hutton

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Surf’s Up! The Australian Pub and BBQ Celebrates Five Years With a Surfers Paradise Party


Iconic Store Opens at Gaysorn Shopping Centre

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Photos by Paul Hutton

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Photos courtesy of Bally

Bally Autumn Winter Women’s Collection 2014

ICONIC 1001 Nights Before The Dawn 2014 Autumn Winter Collection Debuts at Central World Celebrity fans of Iconic’s unique designs were out in force at Ying Yang Asian Gastro Bar at Central World when the women’s clothing brand launched their Autumn Winter Collection last week. The show was put on by Sumet Sianglek, Creative Director, and Akrawut Panthumvanich, Iconic’s Design Director. Sumet and Akrawut stated that, “We chose an impressive story from the legendary classic literature, ‘One Thousand and One Nights’—a story of a woman who tries to win over a great king by telling him many magical tales for 1001 nights. The definition of the new Arabian is retold in a sweeter and more inviting way through the shapes of the clothes’ pattern. The pattern gets the inspiration from an extraordinary Eastern Architecture, along with the fabric print that reflects the classic Persian art. . The classic art is fascinating due to the laser cutting techniques being used to provide the fabric with the same perspective as looking through perforated curtains in Persian castles. Beneath such fabric lies a drawing pattern telling the story of a romantic night, along with lovely embroidery, to keep the sweet and delicate details”.

Photos by Paul Hutton

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Four Seasons Bangkok Opens New Wedding Galleria A One-Stop Shop Offering Everything That’s Needed for the Big Day From invitation ideas to gowns, photography, flowers and much, much more, the Wedding Galleria offers an inspiring environment in which to make those wedding dreams come true. Open daily from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm, guests can make an appointment for a personal consultation with an expert wedding specialist. A personalised space reserved for just one couple at a time, the Wedding Galleria gives couples the chance to come and consult the team of experienced Four Seasons wedding and banquet experts who will be able to share suggestions for décor, menus, gifts, and everything else that’s needed to make the happiest day of the bride and groom’s life even happier. On display are dresses, flowers, table settings and more, and the theme of the Wedding Galleria will change every two months to showcase upcoming trends and décor options. Taking pride of place in the show windows are beautiful wedding cake designs from Chef Stéphane Calvet and the pastry team, sweet treats that are sure to provide delicious inspiration for couples wanting to make the most of their sweetest day. The Wedding Galleria, located just off the lobby, is also the perfect venue for a private menu tasting, with renowned Four Seasons chefs in attendance to offer advice and guidance. You can also ask about honeymoon options at other Four Seasons hotels and resorts in Thailand and further afield. To make an appointment at the new Wedding Galleria contact the Concierge on +66 (0) 2126 8866 or email:

Lamborghini Huracán LP 620 - 2 Super Trofeo

Automobili Lamborghini presents its new generation race car developed by its Motorsport department: the new Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo. Unveiled in a world preview a few days ago during the prestigious Monterey Car Week (California, USA), the car will debut in all three series (Europe, Asia and North America) of the 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo. The Huracán Super Trofeo marks a new benchmark for the race series. According to Maurizio Reggiani, in charge of Lamborghini’s Research and Development Department and motorsport activities, “The Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo is an all-new car built from scratch with a clear racing concept. Every feature is engineered for sophisticated high performance, complying with the strictest motorsport safety standards.” The chassis features an exceptionally light roll cage at just 43 Kg that extends to the rear axle, and impressive torsional stiffness that represents a massive 45% improvement compared to the previous model. The frame is a hybrid carbon/aluminum construction with modified geometries to house an improved radiator up front and better accommodate the racing gearbox at the rear, which also provides better aerodynamics. The dry weight of the Huracán Super Trofeo is 1,270 Kg, with a weight distribution of 42/58%. The bodywork is in composite materials and, along with the aerodynamics, has been developed in collaboration with Dallara Engineering with the direct involvement of the founder Gian Paolo Dallara. Refinements to the Huracán Super Trofeo include new bodywork ‘fast fittings’, and a new oil radiator providing even more performance than that found on the Gallardo. The new Huracán Super Trofeo adopts the V10 direct injection engine mounted on the road car, managed by a Motec controlunit that delivers a maximum output of 620 hp and an astonishing weight/power ratio of 2.05 Kg/hp. A significant feature of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is the rearwheel drive choice as already adopted in the GT classes. This will allow Super Trofeo drivers to gain important experience of this traction system to facilitate their motorsport careers. Further technical features on the Huracán Super Trofeo include new engine supports, a new three-disc clutch and an XTrac sequential gearbox developed specifically for the Huracán Super Trofeo with an electric actuator designed by the Magneti Marelli Motorsport division. Electronics represent a significant leap forward in development, and now include new lightweight cables and connections specifically for racing. The control unit is the MOTEC M182 that controls data, gear changes and the new TFT display mounted on the dashboard. Special features are the traction control and the Bosch Motorsport ABS. This system features 12 different settings that can be actioned directly on the steering wheel for ideal set-up in any weather/track conditions. Frontand rear lights are now LED only as on the road going version. A new, race-oriented steering wheel has been developed jointly with OMP. Aerodynamics have been refined for better drag efficiency and maximum traction and downforce in any track conditions. More balanced than before, the aerodynamics now benefit from a rear wing with ten different settings, front and rear diffusers, and adjustable front air intake ducts.

The new Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo will be exclusively equipped with Pirelli tyres. Pirelli has followed every phase of the new car’s development - from the first drawings to final road tests - in order to create tyres that are perfectly matched to the Lamborghini’s specific 3 characteristics. In particular, the decision to go with two-wheel drive for the new Huracan Super Trofeo has led to new tyre sizes: 305/660-18 at the front, and 315/680-18 at the back. The Huracán Super Trofeo is mounted with fully adjustable anti-roll bars and two-way adjustable Ohlins dampers. The hydraulic power steering enhances steering sensitivity and adopts an electric power pump. In the racing-specific interiors the Alcantara® in Nero Ade colour is used throughout the car, on the dashboard and central tunnel and also on fundamental driving parts, such as the steering wheel, gear selector and ergonomic seats. Lamborghini’s newest raging bull supercar already made its track debut last month in development tests. For the occasion, under the supervision of the Chief Test Driver Giorgio Sanna and along with the two official Automobili Lamborghini test drivers Fabio Babini and Adrian Zaugg, all the Young Drivers Program pilots were involved and provided their feedback. With the new Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo the historic partnership between the brand founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini back in 1963 and Gian Paolo Dallara, now becomes even closer. The same Dallara was among the first engineers who worked on Lamborghini cars and had a key role in the development of the legendary Miura. "For Dallara Engineering, it has been very rewardingto be involved in the aerodynamic and body development of a high performance car such as the Huracán Super Trofeo. From my personal point of view it has been for me a kind of ‘homecoming’," said Giampaolo Dallara."50 years ago, Lamborghini gave me the opportunity to challenge myself in ambitious and successful projects, and this new collaboration allows me to feel part of a company in which I have experienced moments of intense personal and professional achievement."



New Store and a New Collection at Central Embassy

Street Culture Credibility McQ, a contemporary brand from Alexander McQueen, distils the vision of Creative Director Sarah Burton into collections that embody an urban, young London. Rooted in the renegade spirit of Lee Alexander McQueen who founded the brand in 2005, McQ has an independent and rebellious spirit that sets it apart from its contemporaries. Drawing on the rich design archive of Alexander McQueen, McQ offers a relaxed, raw interpretation of the house codes. McQ has always taken inspiration from street culture, evoking the varied and ever­­ evolving style tribes that spring up around Britain’s rich music and art scenes. Drawing on references from uniform and the military, core staples of the British wardrobe are re­ imagined each season in new guises. Traditional techniques are used in contemporary ways, creating pieces that are both functional and beautiful. McQ’s AW14 collection transports you to the streets of Tokyo. Drawing inspiration from modern Japan at night and the traditional costumes of ancient Japan, the collection fuses old and new. Tokyo biker gangs inspire embroidered and patched leather pieces, whilst mohair intarsia knits embody a punk aesthetic. Manga artist Yoshiyasu Tamura has collaborated with McQ on a series of comic strip prints that appear throughout the collection in many different guises.

Photos by Paul Hutton


Photos courtesy of McQ


Curtains to go up Again at the Legendary International Festival of Dance and Music, the Largest and Oldest International Performing Art Festival in Thailand

Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music has brought a lineup of top award-winning artists and performers to present an extravaganza of dance and music for 16 consecutive years. This year a group of more than 600 world-class artists from 14 countries across the world will bring audiences joy during spectacular performances that will include opera, ballet, contemporary dances, and a variety of music. The festival will also feature fascinating cultural performances, including movements, lighting, vocals, costumes, sets and stories. The performances are full of entrancing magic and reflect the concept of this year’s festival “Art of Seduction.” Vivacious charms and aesthetics will be presented through 16 performances and 21 show times from September 13th to October 26th, 2014 at the Main Hall at Thailand’s Cultural Centre. Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music is an important festival on the city’s cultural calendar and has become a significant activity on the world’s cultural map that Thai and foreigners look forward to every year. The curtain raiser for Bangkok’s 16th International Festival of Dance and Music is the legendary opera of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in “Don Giovanni” by Teatro Lirico Italiano of Rome and the Macedonia Opera. They are the leading opera companies of Italy. It will be the world premiere on this stage and will be performed for one time only. Two acts of opera will cast a spell on audiences with a tragicomedy of an impulsive and charismatic libertine with well-known songs such as La ci sarem La mono by Italian opera artists led by baritone Paolo Coni, soprano Angela Nisi, along with Mauro Corna with his bass voice joining on stage on Saturday, September 13th. Teatro Lirico Italiano of Rome and Macedonia Opera will also perform “La Bohème”, the opera of the great teacher Giacomo Puccini. It is a new production reflecting the tragedy of young love. The story of a group of artists who are full of dreams and hope with the romantic tragedy of Bohemian poet Rodolfo and Mimi, a seamstress in the middle of big city. The show is scheduled to showcase on Monday, September 15th. Ballet Preljocaj from France will bring Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, “Snow White” to life. This contemporary ballet is forever popular, uniquely exciting and quite outstanding. The alluring contemporary movements will grasp the audience’s attention with weaving movements of renowned French ballet.

The extravagant sets were designed by Thierry Leproust along with glamorous costumes by world’s legendary designer Jean Paul Gaultier. You will appreciate Snow White in the sexiest costumes you’ve ever seen on September 24th. Another leading contemporary bullet company, the Danish Dance Theatre has created the new production, “Black Diamond.” On October 9th, Tim Rushton, artistic director, will lead the crew of leading international dancers to perform new ballet movements that are full of the charms reflecting two sides of a man, a futuristic world, an abstract universe as well as graphic aesthetics and geometrical forms. Another classical ballet troupe that can’t be forgotten is the Stuttgart Ballet, which is one of the world’s renowned ballet companies. It will present a timeless story through beautiful, flawless choreography mixed with brilliant music. “Onegin” is the masterpiece of John Cranko from Alexander Pushkin’s verse novel and Russian composer Tchaikovsky’s music. The show will be the perfect ending for this year’s festival on October 25th and 26th. To please young adult audiences, the multi-award-winning Los Vivancos of the seven handsome brothers will host a special show for one time only. They have had millions of audiences. They will entertain their audience with a strong, electrifying performance of flamenco fusion, “Aeternum.” This latest extravagant production perfectly blends flamenco dance, ballet, martial arts, magic, and tap dance together. Daniele Finzi Pasca (the creator of Corteo for Cirque du Soleil) and Julie Hamelin (the co-founder of Cirque Eloize) are artistic directors guaranteeing the extravaganza and excitement on the night of September 28th. Enjoy unique rhythms that are combined with sizzling salsa dance by Delirio the best dancers from four dance companies in Santiago de Cali. They are recognized as the world’s best salsa dance crew. They will present "Delirium: A Visual and Sound Universe" that is intensely full of the magic of salsa and the beauty of the people of Colombia, where salsa originated. Also, on October 14th, meet Santiago Ayala, 13-years-old, who is recognized as the world’s youngest salsa dancer. There will also be a concert featuring "The Jive Aces," the six-piece group from Britain’s Got Talent. The band that has performed at several prestigious events and will take the audience back in time with a stunning performance featuring powerful jump jive music, where Swing meets Rock ’n’ Roll and Jazz. On September 26th enjoy yourselves with popular songs like Bring Me Sunshine which has received more than two million views on You Tube.

Top Asian Artists Linger Beside The Chao Phraya

Aucifer Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside was one of the official partners for Tofu Music Festival which was held on 23rd August at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani. The hotel hosted four Asian artist groups during their stay in Bangkok. This music festival featured famous Asian artists such as 2NE1, GOT7, Aucifer, SuG and Tempura Kidz. The one-day event featured two Korean groups and three from Japan. Klaus Sennik, General Manager of the Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside warmly welcomed the famous Asian artists along with PR Manager Warin Jittniyom. SuG GOT7

Tempura Kidz

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VIVA Bangkok Issue 60  

Your Fortnightly What's On Guide to Bangkok Thailand

VIVA Bangkok Issue 60  

Your Fortnightly What's On Guide to Bangkok Thailand