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What’s on the DL in KL

So, truth be told, we did not spend as much time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as I would have liked. KL (as it is commonly referenced) is one of the main shopping cities with over 60 malls, and is the fashion and retail hub for Malaysia. How’s a girl ever really going to spend enough time there?

It was a whirlwind trip there and back with mere hours of layover in the city between Bangkok and Siem Reap, and then Siem Reap and Hanoi. We hit up Bukit Bintang, the shopping and entertainment district. Stepping off the Monorail it was like being transported to Times Square or Piccadilly Circus.

Of course we checked out Suria KLCC, which is the shopping mall located underneath the Petronas Twin Towers (the tallest twin buildings in the world).

We even stumbled across a photo shoot at Dataran Merdeka for a local designer.

The city is bursting with fashion, and I’m sad that I was not able to uncover more of it. But I guess everyone needs a reason to come back, right? 🙂

It’s Getting Riel in Siem Reap

First, I’d like to apologize about the massive delay in posting – apparently traveling non-stop doesn’t allow one to regularly post. So I’ve decided to do just one all-inclusive post on my trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. As you can imagine, there weren’t as many fashion statements made as in Bangkok – most of them being it’s the rainy season and I’m muddy. Besides just outfits though, there was a lot of Cambodian silk, which I certainly took a part of, buying some beautiful scarves. One of the interesting trends in Southeast Asia now is using exotic locations for your wedding portrait backdrop. We stumbled across a wedding party at Angkor Wat during our visit.

I’d say the highlight of my trip though, besides the amazing temples (like Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm, the temple from Tomb Raider), was the food. I definitely have a new favorite cuisine. Traditional Khmer curries, amok, fresh spring rolls – it was all so delicious.

There were times when we’d stuff ourselves too full and have to wander around the Old Market to burn some calories. Isn’t life just awful? 😉 There was a lovely bonding moment with our tuk tuk driver when, during lunch, one of us ate too hot of a pepper and had to resort to gulping fresh coconut milk to cool off. Burning your mouth with spicy food is definitely cross cultural. Overall, I had an amazing time in Cambodia: watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat,

the friendly staff at the Golden Banana Bed & Breakfast (including our awesome tuk tuk driver, whom you should totally check out should you find yourself in Siem Reap! http://tuktukangkorenglishdriver.wordpress.com/)

fruit and bread picnics at the temples, etc. I can see why everyone loves this place, and I’ll miss it for sure.

Bangkok a la Mode

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.