As I mentioned in my last post, I've been struck down in a positive way by what Bangkok has to offer – heat, sweat and all.  In particular the sweet treats of the country have had my jaw aching but also got me thinking about the prevalent over currents of sweetness that rides through Bangkok's fashion scene.  There's a reason why I can't post many my Bangkok adventures on the blog (all will be explained later) but here are a few snippets of that sweet sweet thang, which I've experienced, something that takes my pre-travel sugar high to err…. a sugar Thai.  The typing can't be all that clever after experiencing three hours plus of intense massaging and being plied with ultra strong drinks (hip hip hurray for the free-pour).  The extremity of sugar rush here goes hand in hand with everything else the city has to offer – the sweet air that hangs heavy with wafts of coconut, durian and barbequed meats and the heady scent of welcoming candles everywhere (they love a bit of Diptyque and Jo Malone here….). 

I had the pleasure of meeting the two primary sweetness administrators in fashion in Thailand – Disaya Sorakraikitikul of Disaya and two of the famed Sretsis sisters, Pim and Manita.  Of course, it would be extremely reductive to simply tag the aesthetics of both established designers as purely being sweet, even if on the surface it seems that way.  There's an intriguing level of whimsy that filters through both Disaya and Sretsis' work, which teeters around the lines of being overly saccharine and then sometimes, they push it over that border, so that the effect is purposefully sweet.  Likewise, all my other sweet treats that I've been gorging myself on both visually and through the stomach, all say something about the country's taste for excess and for the visually stimulating.  On a surface level, it's communciated through packaging.  This isn't a minimal white GSM paper sort of a place.  On a style level, both Sretsis and Disaya do extremely well with prints for instance, outselling their plain pieces as girls are eager to buy the standout showpieces.  Finally, I'm in a country where I'm definitely being out-printed and it is me fading into a sweaty and limp wallflower.  Despite my woefully poor survival in the heat though, I've taken to Bangkok hugely, having now had the adequate amount of sugar to make the medicine go down.  I have two more days to soak it all up before I head to Shanghai.  I'll try and be a bit less AWOL with my posting but I can't promise that I won't be sucked into another tuk tuk street food trail, entrapped in a print cocoon of prints with fictional characters or getting glittered up by a local girl band.  

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Disaya started off my sweet treat trail with some lovely things for me to practise taking pretty close-up shots of, namely a set of spoon and fork earrings (in the Thai cutlery tradition) that I need to get clipped backs on, and a set of pretty-pretty powder blue tea cup bracelets from the new A/W 12-3 collection.  In the background is some wonderfully packaged up beauty products from local brand Erb.      

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I also had five minutes of unadulterated childish joy from unwrapping a ribboned up box to reveal a pretty pretty tea-cup print and navy lace dress with an attached string of pearls that is sort of itching to be torn off in dramatic soap opera fashion ("I don't want your wealth, goddamnit Joshua").  Obvs anything with sleeves is out for me at the moment but I'll extend that five minutes of joy when I get back home.    

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At their showroom, S/S 12 fairground jewellery latched on to my wrist.  I swear, it all just jumped on to me.  

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A scarf print from another local label Munchu's featuring flapper girls, giant rabbits, cats and champagne glasses.  As you do…

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Tri-coloured sticky mango rice at Sretsis HQ – I've had at least four different versions of this famed dessert.  The one at Soul Food is winning it out for me on the taste stakes, but this one is the prettiest.  

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We attended the Contemporary Fashion Contest final, a sort of local Hy√®res-like competition where students/graduates get the compete for cash prizes.  The standard was mighty high and the competition happens to be organised by Titipon Chitsantisook, who I met at Hy√®res back in 2008.  He now goes under the name of Wisharawish Akarasantisook (remember Thai names haven't been my forte on this trip) and is about to compete in the Mango Fashion Awards.  Saruti Tuntivithayakul slotted right into my sugar dusted prolonged trip with her animal applique and patchworked pastels in this pretty n' playful jungle.

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I don't want to give away the whole game with Sretsis' magical headquarters on the outskirts of Bangkok but needless to say, sisters Kly (who I didn't get to meet as she's just had a baby), Pim and Matina have built up quite a fantasy land for themselves within their design, production and admin house.  Phil and I were happy to stay in Sretsis land for a good length of time, especially when an abundance of stickers, eBay-ed retro wallpaper and ceramic unicorns were involved.  

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Matina, the sister that designs Sretsis' jewellery also has her own Matina Amanita line, which I wrote about last year.  This ring is from the continuation of her "Mathilda and the Gypsy Prince" story which she wrote and had illustrated to go with her collection.  

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The current Sretsis S/S 12 collection "Oh my dear, deer!" is hanging pretty up on a fake tree in their Gaysorn store.  I'll have to trek out to another store to find this underwear set in the right size though as the collection is selling out like hotcakes.  

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This glitter tattoo on Pim featuring the Sretsis deer was created by Wib Wab Wub, a fairly new creative start-up where Praewa, of local girl band Yellow Fang brings glue and glitter together for a temp tattoo that lasts up to two weeks.  Wib Wab Wub was a huge hit at Sretsis' recent Summer Camp event, where the band came over to Thailand for a specially themed summer camp gig complete with Sretsis-branded merchandise.  

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More Dear/Deer action from Sretsis…

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As part of Disaya's burgeoning fashion empire, she's launched Something Boudoir, a more affordable range that doesn't lose any of the mainline charm.  The title of the first collection reminds me of that vaguely dark Natasha Lyons film But I'm a Cheerleader.  

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I've not really asked what any of this sugar-y stuff actually is.  Just eat it is my mantra for the week.  

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Comments (21)

  1. PAVI says:

    love saruti work

  2. ale says:

    where can i get the unicorn ring or something similar!!

  3. Serdane says:

    J’adore ! There’s a touch of baroque vibes which reminds me the fantasy of a Dior code.
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  4. maya.autumn says:

    love it! everything looks brilliantly amazing and, of course, SWEET:D
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  5. mallfashion says:

    Very unique! I like it!

  6. Miss Coco says:

    Waoooo!! I love al of these! Are amazing!!
    Miss Coco
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  7. Suzi says:

    I love this post! My Fav’s were Saruti Tuntivithayakul’s cute animal applique printed blouses and Sretsis S/S 12 collection is the sweetest lingerie I have put my eyes on in ages! Hope you’re having a great week. It’s FREEZING here in Melbourne. BRRR!!
    Suzi x
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  8. Just how cute can you get?! Best post ever, loved every pic of it too much 🙂 Particularly appreciated the two Disaya bracelets and the blue dress.
    Manuela
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  9. Nathan Niche says:

    her work is really cute! i love it!!
    i bet she’s got some nice references! totes adore
    xx nathan.niche
    -FIND YOUR NICHE-
    http://style-niche.blogspot.com

  10. Candice says:

    Yay Soul Food, hope I can see you before you head off to Shangers. If not, we can steer you into sweet spots.

  11. Constance says:

    I love this article so much! This food looks like the weirdest food I have ever seen!
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  12. riris says:

    very cute.. I love the ring.. 🙂

  13. Very good post. Want to go to Bangkok to live the experiences you’ve told. It’s always inspiring to touch the soil of a country so particular.
    I really liked your post and your blog. I came by chance and I’ve saved in my bookmarks.
    LV
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  14. Those bracelets are brilliant!! Nice pics and coverage, as always.
    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.
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  15. aaroh says:

    What is that drink? i am feeling so thirsty, I want to eat that drink!

  16. Yes it’s better sometimes to eat not asking what it is 🙂

  17. lisa says:

    Great & fantastic… thanks!!
    Lisa
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  18. Isabella says:

    Amazing work thanks for sharing those pix, really nice
    Izzy
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  19. fashionform says:

    everything looks unique!! I like it so much!

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