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Bangkok September 24th 2014

RALPH LAUREN Playboy: Midsummer Night’s Dream

Young Designers

Your Fortnightly What’s On Guide to Bangkok


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22 COVER: Playboy’s W Hotel Party. Photo by Paul Hutton. ---------------------------------------------Page 4 Ralph Lauren Fashion Show

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Page 24 BCBGMAXAZRIA Store Opening.

Page 26 Triumph “Forever Young”

Page 32 Young Designers: Simpl Watches.

Page 34 Young Designers: Vararat Narang

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Daily Events Green Tea Season @ The Sukosol Especially for all Green Tea Lovers, The Deli Shop at the Sukosol Bangkok is holding a ‘Green Tea Season’ from now until 31st October 2014. You can enjoy the bitter sweet taste of a range of Japanese-styled desserts such as Green Tea Cake, Green Tea Chiffon, Green Tea Mousse and much more. Throughout September and October.

Oktoberfest @ BeerVault BeerVault at Four Points by Sheraton is throwing a six week Oktoberfest beer drinking celebration starting from 20th September to 31 October 2014. Alongside irresistible offers on all German bottled beers and the recommended German draught beer, other specially prepared treats for guests include a succulent “Pork Knuckle” and a delectable “Cheese and Cold Cuts Platter”. Promising great food, good fun, and tons of beers! Until October 31st.

Spanish Fiesta: A Culinary Carnivale @ Le Meridien Enjoy the evocative culture of Iberia featuring a Spanish photography showcase and the culinary delights of Spain. Special recipe and menu items are inspired by talented chefs from Le Méridien Barcelona. Highlights of the buffet include seafood paella, jamon serrano, pasta with Spanish black mussels and spicy fresh tomato sauce, homemade Spanish pork sausage and much more. For a complete one-of-a-kind sensory experience Le Méridien Bangkok will also be showcasing a Spanish photographic collection at Latest Recipe. Throughout September and October.

Oktoberfest German Dishes @ Flava, Dream Hotel You can enjoy endless selections of authentic main dishes including Pretzel with traditional pork sausage and sweet mustard, Pork sausage with potato salad and pretzel, Fleischvogel in red wine reduction with sautéed potato and red cabbage, Chicken-Schnitzel with Sauerkraut and green beans and Chargrilled trio of artisan sausages including Bratwurst, Cervelat and Thueringer accompanied with grilled onions, Sauerkraut. Plus traditional desserts like “Apfelstrudel” (above). Until October 31st.


RALPH LAUREN Style Icon Launches at Central Embassy


The brand new 11,000 square feet duplex features a premiere assortment of Ralph Lauren Men’s and Women’s clothing along with a strong selection of accessories, handbags and footwear, plus a watch salon, the first of its kind in Thailand. To mark the occasion of the brand’s first luxury store concept in Thailand, a lavish cocktail party and fashion show featuring some of Bangkok’s top models was held last week on the ground floor of Central Embassy. Now discerning shoppers can find Ralph Lauren runway collections, including Black Label, Purple Label, a collection of impeccably crafted women’s and men’s accessories from handbags and small leather goods to footwear, scarves and belts, and Ralph Lauren Timepieces, from the Ralph Lauren Stirrup and Sporting collections to the Slim Classique and 867 collections, all under one roof in the heart of Bangkok.

Photos by Paul Hutton.


Hi-So Ladies Night With Vatanika

Sofitel So joined forces with top fashion label Vatanika to provide a ladies night with a difference perched above Lumpini Park at the hotel’s rooftop venue. Lucky ladies received free flow specially created Vatanika cocktails and went into the draw to win a head turning outfit from Vatanika valued at 16,000 baht. Ladies who missed out have a second chance when the second and final stage of the event takes place at 7pm on Wednesday September 24th.

Chef Jean Sulpice Coming to La Scala in October Jean Sulpice is the chef and owner of the two-Michelin Star Jean Sulpice restaurant (located at an altitude of 2300 metres) on the majestic mountain of Val Thorens, the highest ski resort in the French Alps. Jean Sulpice restaurant is considered to be the highest altitude Michelin starred restaurant in Europe. A native of Aix les Bains, Jean was born into a family of restaurateurs. He successfully developed his culinary skills up to the highest level and received his first star at the age of 26. With his culinary passion, he achieved two stars at the very young age of 31, establishing him as a true phenomenon in the world of gastronomy. Jean specializes in Savoyard cuisine, the traditional cuisine of people living in the Alps, featuring the freshest of natural ingredients including high quality cheese, fresh fish and juicy fruits such as apples and pears. “My cooking is, above all, dictated by nature and by the desire to please. It is an inspired cuisine that does not compromise on taste or respect for produce – a cuisine based on the coherence of flavour and texture” he says. Jean mingles his natural friendliness with modernity, refinement and relaxation. Besides the food, Jean Sulpice restaurant is the preferred destination of skiing fans, with its breath-taking views of snow-covered peaks. When Jean Sulpice arrives at La Scala, The Sukhothai Bangkok from 7th – 11th October 2014, he will provide guests and visitors with a unique, exquisite, not to be missed experience not easily found in Bangkok. Reservations are essential, as two of the set dinners are already sold out! For reservations, please call 66 (0) 2344 8888 or email: promotions@sukhothai.com


Playboy’s

Midsummer Night’s Dream at W Hotel


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Montblanc Celebrates the Spirit of Meisterstuck Gaysorn Cocktail Party


Thursday September 25th The Return of the King JYJ Asia Tour Concert in Bangkok Challenger Hall 1, Muang Thong Thani Ticket Prices are 5,500 / 5,000 / 4,500 / 4,000 / 3,000 / 2,000 Baht. Korean popsters JYJ have recently released their long awaited new album after a three year hiatus. 7.30pm

JYJ

Jesse Garcia The Club Khaosan Spanish DJ and producer Jesse Garcia is resident DJ at Stealth Records Parties. Lady Get Wet Party Aftermoon Open Breezer Bar 9pm - 10pm DJs include Little Saint, Bowza and Kongkwan. De Modelism Demo Models Just Wanna Have Fun! 9pm - 2am. Eight free drinks for all models with Updated Modelling Comp Card by your Agency. Earthcollide and Her Stalkers Nest Rooftop If you have never caught their live set before, take a look and experience an energetic, melodic and awesome musical treat! Free Entry. Performance starts at 9pm.

Friday September 26th Stand Up Comedy Open Mic The Comedy Club The Royal Oak Headliner: Tristan Botly from the UK. Come and watch Bangkok's finest and ever more seasoned comedians along with fresh talent having a go! If you want to do stand up, improv, a skit, sing a song, mime or anything that relates to comedy, please email Chris@ComedyClubBangkok.com, or simply turn up for a three minute slot. For all others, please just come along to enjoy what will be a great show, aiming to cultivate local Bangkok talent with new headliners and surprises every week! 250 baht in advance with a drink and drinks specials including 80 baht beers! 350 baht on the door. Road to Ultra Bitec Bangna Ultra Music Festival 2014. Alesso, Fedde LeGrand, Martin Garrix, W&W etc. Performance times: see poster (right). TGIF Party by G-Spot Entertainment Hilton Sukhumvit 7pm - midnight. House party happening on every last last Friday of the month at Summit in the 25th floor. First 50 VIP guest receive 2 hours of free flow sparkling cocktails (7-9PM) after with special cocktail menu starting from 200THB net. Pangina Heals will entertain you until all night long with great live performance, fun games and special prizes give away starting from 8.30PM


Num T-Bone

Num T-Bone Oskar Bistro Ladies and Gentlemen, get ready for some crazy cowbells, rhythms and drumroll because Num T-Bone is back in Sukhumvit 11. He will be blending his unique samba style flavours backed by resident DJ Alex Fischer's selection of amazing House music. Free Entry. 9pm onwards.

Saturday September 27th Ninth Anniversary Party Glow Nightclub There will be a jungle theme so come dressed as a wild animal or a hunter. Open Bar from 9.30 to 10.30 pm. So Pool Party Sofitel So Two distinct party zones - get wet poolside or relax by the bar. 1pm - 9pm. The monthly pool party is as popular as ever. 400 baht entry gets you one free drink. The Comedian Show 2 Thunder Dome, Muang Thong Thani Get your belly laughs with Na Yong, Na Puang, Na Nong and the famous speaker “Chane Jatupon Chompoonit�. Tickets: 2,500 Baht / 2,000 Baht / 1,500 Baht / 900 Baht. Gates open at 5pm for a 7pm start. Green Concert 7 Love Scenes, Love Songs Royal Paragon Hall Dozens of famous Thai crooners have been lined up to keep you feeling mellow. Saturday and Sunday shows at 7pm. Tickets: 3000 Baht / 2500 Baht / 2000 Baht / 1500 Baht / 1200 Baht. Slot Machine The First Contact Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani 7pm start Tickets: 2,700 Baht / 1,500 Baht / 1,000 Baht / 800 Baht.

The Water Club, Sofitel So


Thailand

A Rainy Evening at Hy


W-I-D-E

yatt Regency Phuket Resort Composite Photo by Paul Hutton


Bon Chic! Bon Genre! BCBGMAXAZRIA Store Opening at Central Embassy


Forever Young! Triumph Launches Uplifting New Collection

Offering magical support to women of all cup sizes, Triumph organised a fashion show for its new collection “Forever Young”. This amazing lingerie collection has combined shaping, toning and uplifting innovations in delivering fuller and more voluptuous bust shape. Held at the Triumph Lingerie Corner near the plaza access point on the fourth floor of Robinson Rama IX department store, the event welcomed female celebrities who joined in to share their secrets for timeless beauty. Beauty gurus and female celebs shared their experiences during the event. On the stage were Ma – Ornapa Krisadee, Joy – Rinlanee Sripen, Benz – Pornchita na Songkhla, and Vicky – Sunisa Jett. The talk was then accompanied by an exclusive fashion show featuring Tuk – Chanokwanan Rakcheep, A – Anchalee Hassadeewijit, Mali – Malinee Coast, Sarah Ball and more. Several socialites turned up for this special event. They included Kritika Kongsompong, Sidaras Buddhinan, Wanwilai Techasomboon, Sareeyawat Pongkhajorn, Unawan Tangkarawakul, Nakwan Rainanont, Karuna Vatchanaphukka, Manunya Thongthabwong, Chatchada Kongthoranin, Anongnat Amnuayphon, Sasiwimon na Ranong, ML Vararom Jumbala and ML Smorada Jumbala.

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YOUNG DESIGNERS

Manna from Minimalism A Simpl Success Story When a mutual friend introduced Onpawee “Amm” Kittipong (above left) and Napawan “Poon” Deewajee (above right) to each other she didn’t realize she was sowing the seeds of a burgeoning business partnership. The pair live near each other on the outskirts of Bangkok, and soon realised they also worked near each other, on either side of Benjasiri Park. Amm, 25, was working as public relations officer at Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel and Poon, 26, worked as a graphic designer in offices near the Phrom Phong Skytrain station. A friendship ensued when the pair began regular joint commutes between work and home, and one day the conversation moved on to designs. Poon mentioned how she would love to come up with some basic sketch plans for a set of watches, and Amm mentioned how she knew contacts that could bring these designs to life. Four basic designs were created, with the aim of giving customers a simple yet well-constructed and reliable timepiece for under 2,000 baht. The name Simpl was hatched, to reflect the minimalistic standards, a website was launched, and the initial demand was so strong that the entire stock was sold within two months. The pair are now busy re-stocking to meet the dozens of pre-orders that have already been made.

also in the pipeline. A premium quality watch is also being developed, but the aim is to still keep the cost of this down below 3,000 baht. Amm says: “Simpl is an independent lifestyle product brand based in Bangkok. The aim is to provide a well-designed unisex watch with a reasonable price that everyone can afford. Our watches are skillfully designed by using the blending of modern elements with a touch of classical aesthetics to create “Timeless Modernity”. “Our main aim is to make our product perfectly match each personality and different lifestyle. An array of our well-designed timepieces has been carefully created to provide a wide range of stylishly classic selections, ensuring the best possible match for every customer and gender.” The first Simpl collection was launched on July 6, 2014 and was available in four colours: Amber Black, Amber Brown, Classic Black and Classic Brown. All have a 39mm case diameter, genuine leather straps in black or brown, 3atm water resistance and a reliable Miyota Japanese Movement. The stainless steel case and dial face itself provides two colours: luxury brushed rose gold case with matte black dial and brushed silver case with classic white dial. Anybody interested should check out the Simpl website (simplstyle.com) for more details in Thai and English and to catch news of the soon to be announced new range.

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YOUNG DESIGNERS

From Barbie to B


Beau Monde

Vararat “Jenny� Narang


When Vararat “Jenny” Narang was a little girl she dreamed of being a fashion designer. When her mother bought her a Barbie doll and a set of outfits she was horrified to see her daughter had cut up all the clothes and was busy sewing them all back together again.

Her early interest in the trade was probably sparked by watching her father at work. He has run a successful tailoring enterprise, King’s Fashion House, in central Bangkok for over 15 years, and has spent over 25 years in the industry.

Jenny explains: “Mum was always asking me why I was cutting up the clothes she had bought for Barbie, and I had to explain that I knew I could do a better job! I was forever telling her that I wanted to be a fashion designer when I grew up!”

When Jenny was a teenager she began studying fashion trends in magazines, and started to become familiar with fabrics from around the world. At 19, she was already doing her own designs for her father’s international customers, who began asking for unique creations.

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“I began by just creating for myself at first, but my friends were all asking for party dresses and wedding dresses”, she continues, “but I still like to design clothes to please myself sometimes, and I always like to wear one of my creations each time I go to a party.” Jenny now works full time at her father’s company, and has helped it to grow exponentially in recent years. Now 24, she has become a globetrotter, visiting country after country establishing an even greater international customer base for King’s Fashion House.

In the last six months alone she has visited Burma, Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, China, Laos, Qatar and Macau. But the businesswoman is still a designer at heart, and hopes, in the not too distant future, to launch her own fashion label.

Words and photos by Paul Hutton, at Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel.


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Model: Vararat “Jenny” Narang Designer: Vararat “Jenny” Narang Location: Swissotel Nai Lert Park Bangkok Photographer: Paul Hutton

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Wednesday October 1st Grand Opening Sugar Club A brand new Sukhumvit 11 Nightspot opens with a Joey Boy Concert. He will be live on stage with Sing Nue, Sue Tai. Supported by DJ Spydamonkee.

B Friday October 3rd

Saturday October 4th

Basement Freaks Apartment Khunpa Concert Overground Centerpoint Studio Basement Freaks are the brainchild The band members are celebrating of George Fotiadis, a major force in their 13th anniversary this year. the scene for well over ten years. Tickets: 1,200 baht. Not only do his DJ sets elevate sold out crowds, he produces more music than almost any other DJ on the scene and is the label boss for the infamous label Bombastic Jam. After more than 10 successful vinyl releases, two full albums, over 15 re-mixes and countless digital EPs, George has been called “The hardest working man in Funk”.

Kamikaze Concert 2014 Royal Paragon Hall Tickets: 2,500 Baht 2,000 Baht 1,500 Baht 800 Baht Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm performance start.

Thursday October 2nd Dada Life Onyx, RCA Entry: 700 baht. Bastian Baker Fin Outdoor Lounge The Swiss singer, songwriter and performer will also appear at The Hard Rock Cafe on Saturday 4th October. He was coach for The Voice Belgique and he is the brand ambassador of the prestige watch brand Omega.

Exotic Band Request Show Nest Rooftop Free Entry. It’s your Night, your Set, your Songs, it's all about You! Request your Favourite Songs/Artists and they will perform them for you, from the 60's up to the present day, just tell your server what you want to hear!

Dedzard Finale Cairo Thonglor Entry: 690 baht. Featuring Boom Boom Cash and female DJs Faahsai and Bestsuay.


Expression of Freedom Burmese Art Exhibition at Neilson Hays Library Neilson Hays Library is the only venue in Thailand to present this group of five talented emerging Burmese artists who are unique, affordable and sought by many private collectors as an investment. Showing internationally in various galleries, all artists have a strong but unique interpretive style. Highly collectible, the artists, Shwe Thein, Win Tit, Soe Aung, Zaw Zaw Co, and Wai Zin Phyo are offering their paintings at an amazing 40% discount for this exhibit only. You can meet featured artist Shwe Thein at the Opening Reception on Saturday 4th October from 4pm to 9pm. Shwe Thein is an accomplished and formally trained artist who has developed a captivating contemporary style using old Burmese painting traditions with an interpretation in models and colours. His style speaks to the heart with modern melancholy of the past. A renowned grand master, Shwe Thein’s work shares an accomplished, but very personal technique and rich imagination. In the near future, look for Shwe Thein at prominent art shows such as Art Basel or FIAC in Paris.

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Win Tit is a professor at the Yangon University of Fine Arts. His work is well known and has an impressionism character with a strong Burmese personality. His paintings are powerful but delicate and subtle at the same time, evoking a deep meditation. He is a genuine contemporary expression of the “Burmese Days”. Soe Aung was a lost artist in Mandalay and recently rediscovered by a famous gallery in Yangon. Soe’s resolutely contemporary characters were ignored before the recent political restructuring. His special style is decorative, awakens the imagination, and makes him a recognized artist. Zaw Zaw Co has a dreamy personality in his work. Famous in Burma and abroad, Zaw Zaw Co’s works are currently exhibited in galleries in Singapore, Hong Kong, and other places around the region. To collect his works is considered by many to be a “coup de coeur”; an unforgettable pleasure to have his painting at home. Wai Zin Phyo represents the remodelling of the Burmese tradition with contrasted effects and vivid colours. His works enact an astounding impact on the viewer with their expressionistic, contemporary style.


Visionaries: 40 Years of Thai Fashion Through the Eyes of Photographers

The trend-setting ideopolis “Siam Center” joins hands with Bangkok Fashion Society and Thailand's most prominent fashion photographers for the greatest fashion collaboration in 40 years in the monumental event that marks a historical milestone in Thai fashion – “Visionaries: 40 Years of Thai Fashion Through the Eyes of Photographers,” on show until October 5th, 2014.

“Siam Center positions itself as a trend-setting ideopolis and Thailand's first shopping mall of international standard,” said Chanisa Kaewruen, deputy managing director of Siam Piwat Co., Ltd. “But most importantly, Siam Center is remembered all through these years as the center of the most visionary fashion, housing the largest number of leading Thai designer with over 40 brands of both prominent names and new fashion rookies. In this regard, Siam Center has been offering support and stimulation to the Thai fashion industry all along. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Siam Center, we would love to have an event that marks a monumental milestone in the Thai fashion history, hence the collaboration with the Bangkok Fashion Society and a group of Thailand's leading fashion photographers. The fruit of this get-together of Thailand's most influential fashion personalities is “Visionaries : 40 Years of Thai Fashion Through the Eyes of Photographers” – the greatest fashion event in 40 years.”

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“It's a great opportunity for Bangkok Fashion Society to be a part of this important exhibition because this year also commemorates a decade of work BFS has been doing in pushing forward Thai fashion.” said Polpat Asavaprapha, president of Bangkok Fashion Society. “This exhibition is one of the most challenging missions BFS has ever taken because we are determined to make it a phenomenon that everyone can be proud of the talent, power and potential of people in the Thai fashion industry.” Set to be the greatest fashion gathering in the Thai fashion industry in 40 years, “Visionaries : 40 Years of Thai Fashion Through the Eyes of Photographers” will mark the first of three major phenomenal events in the Thai fashion history: the first ever fashion photo exhibition on the theme of Modern Thai Fashion by a group of over 20 celebrated fashion photographers, the first ever full-scale retrospective photo exhibition to honor Thailand's legendary fashion photographer Witaya Marayat and the biggest gala dinner in the history of Thai fashion. “The easiest way to study the evolution of modern Thai fashion is going through fashion photography, which is the the best reflection of fashion in any given period.“ said photographer Wasan Puengprasert. “However, finding old fashion photographs isn't easy because you can only see them in old fashion or lifestyle magazines, which are usually in the possession of a few private collectors. What we are doing is going directly to the origin of these photos, which are the photographers who fired the shutter.


Monsoon Island Provides New Water Attractions All Action Family Water Park Fun at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

Monsoon Island in the water park at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya is a new zone for wet and wild water fun for younger guests, with its water sprays, water gun shooters, water ratchet, water umbrella, water flower, waterspout, and a jumbo water bucket mounted on a tower. Now open, and located near to Oceans restaurant and the pool terrace, Monsoon Island joins the five swimming pools, 12 water slides, waterfalls, lazy river and rope bridges of the jungled Lost World water park, which leads directly onto Wong Amat Beach. The resort has also introduced an action-packed programme of games and entertainment that is free for guests at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort. Activities are held seven days a week. Aqua aerobics are held daily, and there are regular sessions of water basketball and water volleyball. A family fun contest takes place at the poolside, with games everyone can join in such as ring tossing, sandals shooting and Muay Talay, or pipe wrestling. On the beach and in the resort are activities and tournaments that include volleyball, zumba, yoga, breakdancing, kayaking, table tennis, and rock climbing on the resort’s rock wall. There is a Kids’ Club with professional supervisors entertaining the youngsters, leaving parents to spend a little time relaxing on their own. The children also have their own Mini Disco and an Aqua Disco. —------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Opening Celebrations at Holiday Inn Pattaya Executive Tower

Holiday Inn Pattaya General Manager Kate Gerits led the celebrations at the opening ceremony of the Executive Tower recently. The tower features a top-floor Executive Club for breakfast and evening drinks with fantastic views from both indoor as well as on the club’s expansive terrace, plus 200 additional rooms featuring latest up-to-date innovations in design that offers guests a comfortable stay with scenic views of Pattaya Bay. Page 48

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Nature and Society Fashion and Jewellery Show 2014. Movie by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene.

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