Hello from Zurich.
I am writing this from Switzerland where I am attending the Basel watch fair at the invitation of Omega. I enjoy travelling—who doesn't?—but what I hate are the preparations, from making sure that work continues smoothly while I am away to the packing. The latter is especially onerous when you are going from 36 degrees Celsius to 0. Not so great to find yourself with not enough warm clothes in freezing temperatures, although not a bad excuse to go shopping!
I skipped the dinner on the TG flight as I wanted to make sure I got lots of sleep, which wasn't too difficult on the comfortable business class seats. However, there was a lot of air turbulence, more than I had ever experienced in fact.
I had heard that it had been raining in Zurich, but we arrived to a sunny and not so cold day. Perfect—as that was the only day we had to explore the city. Our hotel, the Storchen, is in a great location close to the lake so it was easy to walk around. We had lunch at Kronenhalle, opened in 1925 and patronised by society figures, with delicious food. Dinner was at the Brasserie Lipp, well-known for its seafood.
Anju's Glorious Lunch Party
Prior to flying off on Friday, I had a really busy week. There were several reminders that spring/summer was in the air—first with the return of the sizzling heat, though some rain did cool things down a little. There was a party held by the inimitable hostess Anju Shah with a floral theme. She was in a bright, flower dress and so were many of the guests, all of whom were her many lady friends. The lunch was at her magnificent house in Sukhumvit where guests can expect facilities and service better than that of a five-star hotel. Daughter Nishita, who spends part of her time in New York with her American husband, was in town with her young son, and both joined the event. Guests could choose Indian or Western cuisine, or both, prepared in a lighter way to welcome the summer.
The Blue Elephant's Lunch Launch
The Blue Elephant also launched its summer heritage menu with a lunch paired with GranMonte wines. Thai wines for Thai cuisine work very well, and I greatly enjoyed the lovely light rose and red wines. It was good to see the two families, both passionate about what they do, coming together: chef Nooror Steppe, her husband Karl and son Kim and Granmonte's Visooth Lohitnavy, winemaker daughter Nikki, wife Sakuna and other daughter Mimi.
A beautiful nod to spring from Van Cleef & Arpels
... came in the form of a see-through box of flowers with an accompanying note welcoming the arrival of the season of blooms. Later in the week, VC&A hosted an exhibition at Emporium entitled "The Poetry of Time", showcasing some of its new timepieces with a demonstration of the exquisite art of enamelling. A classy crowd showed up, including the friend of the maison Nualpan Lamsam. Led by Elise Gonnet-Pon, VC&A's Southeast Asia and Australia managing director, and Emporium's Supaluck Umpujh, everyone joined in to sing Happy Birthday to Nualpan whose birthday was on the previous day.
A big congratulations to Ou Noppadol Baholyodhin!
—who has been appointed to a newly-created position at Sansiri, as chief creative officer. The real estate developer aims to move beyond building high-end housing and has recruited Ou from Jim Thompson. Widely regarded for his creative talent, Ou trained in furniture and product design but has also studied political science, cooking and industrial design. He started his career in London in 1997 and later opened his own design studio there. A dinner was held in his honour at the new fine dining restaurant at EmQuartier's Escape.
Bangkok International Fashion Week at Parc Paragon
... started on Thursday until the end of the week but because of other commitments as well as my Swiss trip, I couldn't attend any of them. Would have liked to go for some especially those who were kind enough to invite me personally such as Asava and Vatanika. But I did attend some fashion presentations including ECCO's three collections for spring/summer 2018 at Central World. The Danish shoe company featured The Mask singer Boy Peacemaker as well as a show of its new shoes range. Meanwhile over at the pool deck of Pathumwan Princess, Thomas Sabo presented the new collection of sterling silver jewellery from Germany, including the Generation Charm line. Also from Germany, Aigner opened its boutique at Gaysorn Village hosted by distributor DKSH's Wanchuen Thongyen and Aigner's Mark Oliver Schellbach and Pasuta Puttachirawat.
Club 21's 13th Anniversary
To celebrate its 13th anniversary, multi-brand retailer Club 21 held a grand party at Erawan Bangkok, and true to the name of the event, it was a real Glam Night Out. Guests were able to wander around the fashion group's boutiques at the shopping mall to participate in activities such as photo booth, balloon lucky draw and portrait painting. The highlight was a fashion show from its world-class brands including Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lanvin and Marni. Welcoming guests were Jit Chinorak and Sopavadee Bejrati as well as the managers of all the brands.
(Previously: Naphalai's Diary: March 12-18)