Naphalai's Diary: August 6-12
If something or someone is meant to be with you it will.
Sorry if that sounds rather cryptic but let me show you what I mean. In between work and events last week we also had to pack as the movers were coming on Saturday to move our boxes to the new office. Most of the serious packing was on Wednesday as my nephew had been drafted in to help. Since I had a big party that evening I had on my bling, which on hindsight was not a good idea if you were also going to be packing. On my right hand was a ring with a cabochon emerald but the ring and emerald parted ways I knew not when. Panic ensued but guess what? Digital editor Mika with her sharp eyes found the stone sitting on my desk.
Elation turned to frustration as I couldn't go to a big party unadorned. There wasn't time to take the ring to a jeweller and I had to get it fixed, if temporarily. So I came up with a bright idea—I used two sided tape to hold the emerald on the setting. And it worked. Well, for a while anyway. After the packing was done I put it on and went to the event. On arrival I needed to touch up my face and dug in my bag for the make-up in the restroom. Finished, I walked out and as I did so heard a clink on the marble floor. Sure enough the emerald was gone again. Spent the next 15 minutes scouring the floor and stopping others from walking too close. Yes I found it, against all odds, so you now know what I mean by my earlier remark. However I wasn't going to tempt fate a third time and decided being unadorned was better than losing a precious stone.
So what was the grand party I went to? It was for the 10th anniversary of Asava. Brand founder Polpat Asavaprapha is one of the most celebrated designers in the country and it wouldn't be wrong to say that he has dressed most of Thailand's fashion luminaries. Many of them came in their best Asava gown to the Dusit Thani to show their support. Guests at the sit-down dinner were entertained by songs by top singers and a fashion show. The highlight, however, was a short film he produced in collaboration with leading director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, which received a standing ovation from the crowd. Never one to remain still, we can look forward to more interesting projects from this creative talent.
Another fashion designer who is turning to the world of entertainment is Vatanika Patamasingh Na Ayudhya. This sexy fashion icon has started her own reality show, a la the Kardashians, which features a behind-the-scenes look at the gossip and scandals in the fashion and high society worlds in addition to tips on life, work and lifestyle. The show is on YouTube with a new episode every Friday at 6:49pm starting from this week. If anyone can carry this off it is this saucy designer of the Vatanika brand who is not afraid to push boundaries. The show was launched before a select audience at the Glass House of Nai Lert Park, with Vatanika arriving in a Rolls-Royce accompanied by hunky bodyguards.
Still on fashion, Swarovski did things a bit differently by bringing their products to us by visiting our office together with cup cakes showing the new designs. The collections included the brand's iconic swan earrings and rings as well as chunky necklaces and rings inspired by forest creatures. In effect, fashion jewellery fit for every occasion.
Meanwhile Tumi, the brand of premium travel, business and lifestyle accessories turned Warehouse 30 into a Scandinavian lodge to reflect the inspiration of its new collections for both men and women. The new takes on Scandinavian nature and tradition add new dimension to classic Tumi fabrics and styles. The new collections were unveiled at installations and a fashion show at the lodge.
At Bell & Ross, the watchmaker presented its 2018 novelties together with Cortina Watch at Gaysorn Urban Resort. Tong Chee Wei, B&R general manager Asia, and Adelyn Kong, B&R senior marcom manager, introduced its latest models under three themes: The Racer, The Driver and the Pilot. There was also the women's BRS Diamond Eagle collection with grey, white and pink dials for bold women who like large watches in 39mm.
Those who love perfumes will be happy to know that Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrances are now available in Bangkok through Prestige Products. Flying in for the launch was co-founder Marc Chaya, who unveiled a room filled with flowers and fragrances at Park Hyatt. I was also invited by The Peninsula Bangkok for an update on the recently renovated The Peninsula Beijing. The hotel is a mix of high technology and tradition, the latter represented by traditional Chinese therapies at its spa. To demonstrate this a Chinese massage therapist, James Zhang, is offering traditional massages at The Peninsula Bangkok spa until September 1.
Also delicious was an Italian dinner organised by Cavaliere Enzo Peroni together with the St Regis. Held at Decanter, the five-course menu was paired with Arrigoni and Trappolini wines. I'm supposed to be saying no to carbohydrates and sugar—not easy when such delectable offerings are placed in front of you. The dessert, hot chocolate foam with rum crushed ice, was a perfect finish, and not too rich as the ice diluted the sweetness of the chocolate.
For Mother's Day, my son was supposed to accompany me for lunch at R-Haan which was serving a special menu for mothers and sons/daughters. However he took off for Hua Hin so I was the odd one out as my sister had her son with her. But the food by chef Chumpol Jangprai was good so I really couldn't complain.
(Previously: Naphalai's Diary: July-August 5)