No, not a side of ice cream, but rather a side of fashion. Fashion shows, events, window displays, and photo shoots – my trip had to Bangkok had it all.
Walking around the city, I saw several different fashion photo shoots taking place. They all seemed to juxtapose elegant and girly day wear with the cold, harsh concrete of an industrial city. What was more interesting was that they shot them in the middle of the day, incorporating the busy city life behind them.
We headed to the mall for some good deals – it’s the end of season sales – and were amazed at their window displays. Each was like a work of art, conveying the atmosphere of the store inside. How often do you really notice a store’s windows in the US? Even when you’re not interested what’s inside? Here are a few shots from my favorite window in Siam Center.
In addition to the windows pulling in the customers, there were independent display cases of style suggestions using items from various stores in the mall, complete with clothing, accessories, and shoes.
I love the idea of inspiration for the mall customer as a whole, versus simply catering to the customer strictly at a store’s window.
Of course shopping was not all that these malls offered. There was the Siam Center Energetic Fashion Show 2011 (mentioned earlier in another post), the Accademia Italiana Best Design 2011 Exhibit, and the 14th Anniversary for Cosmopolitan Magazine.
The Best Design exhibit was a temporary exhibit in the Siam Paragon displaying the top student designs from the Accademia Italiana.
The outfits were impressive, and you never know when you’re looking at the first works of the next big designer!
Outside the Siam Paragon, in the courtyard, was the 14th Anniversary bash for Cosmopolitan Magazine. There were DJs, balloons, food, and of course fun fashion.
Overall, I was quite surprised to see how fashion-centric Bangkok is. I knew there was a lot of shopping and luxury brands, but there is a larger fashion force at work in the city that was very interesting to see.
I told you that food would be popping up in posts, and this first is well worth it. We went to the famous Cabbages & Condoms for dinner, and it was fantastic!
Used to assist the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) in Thailand, Cabbages & Condoms promotes the benefits of using a condom to protect against disease, more specifically HIV/AIDS.The restaurant, gift shop, and bar offers all sorts of fun safe-sex oriented items from…
to condoms at the end of dinner (note the political parties below – which one do you think is bigger?)
to a Safer Sex Wheel, wonderfully displayed by my Vanna Whites-in-training
to some quite stylish Condom Outfits – do you have your summer wardrobe picked out?
Needless to say, the food was divine and the atmosphere was marvelous. I highly recommend Cabbages & Condoms should you ever find yourself in Bangkok. There’s something for everyone – food, home design, fashion, games. And remember – their food is “guaranteed not to cause pregnancy!”
After about 24 hours of travel, I finally made it to Bangkok, Thailand! Yesterday we went out exploring, spending a full 12 hrs venturing around the city’s markets and the Jim Thompson House (the guy who is responsible for introducing Thai silk to the American market). I was exhausted last night to say the least. I’m a little sad to report that there was no interesting fashion at the Tokyo airport, but that did not mean I didn’t see some fascinating things here in Bangkok!
Walking around the city, we came across some pretty awesome street sculpture, like this spilled basket of jewels.
How’s that for some statement jewelry?
We continued on to the Jim Thompson House, where we toured the property and his amazing traditional Thai house. They have now incorporated a gallery, which displays some traditional Thai costumes. This one is for ceremony. Beautiful, isn’t it?
We then ventured over toward the Siam Center, where we saw that they were scheduled to have a fashion show!
The show came complete with a trampoline and neon lights. It was quite energetic!
Overall, the day was quite entertaining and so far I love the city! I can’t wait to see what today brings!