As the editor of Thailand's leading luxury lifestyle magazine, you can imagine the deluge of invitations to parties and events in Bangkok I receive—especially during the busy season. I realise of course that invites to the top happenings are only extended to an exclusive group but we want you to be part of the scene. So, starting with this one, we are bringing you a weekly roundup of the best events that have happened around town.
The past week's best has to go to the launch of Lhong 1919. You didn't get an invitation to this? Everyone who is anyone was there! The Wanglee family's Sino-Siamese ancestral home by the banks of the Chao Phraya River has been restored and turned into a mixed-use event space including restaurants and artisanal shops, all overseen by architect Rujiraporn Wanglee. The opening saw a very glamorous crowd dressed in Chinese-inspired designs wandering around the gardens, the buildings and along the riverfront saying hi to old friends and acquaintances.
(See event: Grand Opening of Lhong 1919)
Food was aplenty in the form of Thai street food and other delicacies. I more than thrilled to find durian ice cream on a stick produced by Prima Wanglee—not something that is not easily available. Guests were kept entertained throughout with a Chinese opera performance, music and songs and a fashion show by WEE with 80 models showing off embroidered and brocade creations that fitted in very well with the occasion.
From old money to new money, members from all the society families were there. Some had come by car, others across the river by boat. There were so many people who came that it was impossible to meet everyone. But then, since this was the first big party after the sad passing of the late King Bhumibol and the Royal Cremation, it was to be expected that there would be a big crowd.
Kim And Narun Tie The Knot
There was also such a large turnout at the wedding of Kim Chongsatitwatana and Narun Thamavaranukup that traffic around the Ratchaprasong district was held up that evening. Thai marriages used to be a one day affair, starting with the religious ceremony in the morning and followed by a reception in the evening, but it seems we are now following the Indian tradition. The wedding of the managing director of PMT The Hour Glass and his bride lasted three days and I must say the newly weds were holding up quite well after the long festivities. With so many guests, the photo backdrop was positioned in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Erawan so the ballroom could accommodate more people.
The Nagara Art Show
This next event was small but the turnout included A-listers such as ML Piyapas Bhirombhakdi, Vorakorn Chatikavanij, Araya Kanchanapongkula and Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul (who by the way was the guest of honour at the opening of Lhong 1919 as well). It was for the exhibition of fashion designer Nagara Sambandaraksa, who now also creates abstract paintings using synthetic enamel on silver and gold plates.
Most of those attending the opening at Siam Paragon were dressed in his signature designs and were also his clients. Perhaps they are the only ones who can afford his works, each one of which is huge, as one would need quite a big house to be able to accommodate each piece.
Loy, Loy Krathong
Friday was Loy Krathong. With three invitations for parties all down by the river I decided I would be smart and not risk getting caught up in horrendous traffic that evening. However, there was an afternoon tea hosted by Rujitr Suthanaseriporn of Sisley to introduce hair guru Leo Leong at the Oriental. I should be able to make it out of that area in good time, I thought.
Following tea, we did an early krathong float and I rushed out of there. Not good enough though—it took me two and a half hours to make it to my next destination! Fortunately this was a dinner by chef Antimo Merone of Macau's Michelin-starred 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, which soothed both palate and spirit and enabled me to carry on an agreeable enough conversation with my hosts.
H&M's New Collaboration Collection, BTW
By the way, when H&M does a collaboration, it's worth taking a look. Erdem X H&M features romantic outfits for women and men inspired by an English countryside getaway. Love the floral prints on the dresses. They went on sale worldwide on 2 November—don't bother looking as the best pieces have probably been snapped up by now.
A Royal Dinner, NBD...
And of course I can't forget the dinner for Their Majesties King Letsie III of Lesotho and Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso who were in town for the royal cremation. At the invitation of the hon consul for Lesotho, Apichart Sudsawang and his wife Avasada, the dinner was at the Oriental's Le Normandie and included guests from the Thai Foreign Service and businessmen. Her Majesty is a very graceful lady and the royal couple graciously greeted and chatted with the guests. Not much protocol at all.
And that, dear readers, was my week. The highlights anyway, as I'm sure you don't want to learn about everything. Until next week then.