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Airport Plaza hosts youth ‘Supermodel’ contest

Glitter, glamour, loud colours and a handbag - ‘must-haves’ for 2009

 

Airport Plaza hosts youth ‘Supermodel’ contest

 

Glitter, glamour, loud colours and a handbag - ‘must-haves’ for 2009

Report and photos by Lee Roy Webster
Turn on the lights - focus the spots - Chiang Mai’s top fashion show, ‘Hot on Red Carpet’ is about to begin! The red carpet referred to in the show’s title wound from the stage all around the huge fountain outside the entrance to Airport Plaza, and back again to the stage, giving the gorgeous models all the space they needed to strut their stuff in a selection of the newest fashion trends for 2009.

Famous Thai supermodel Sonja Cooling - what an amazing outfit!
Organised by promoter Pija, in cooperation with Dr. Natakit Tanpulsinthana (Central Pattana Co’s assistant marketing manager and director), the evening show attracted around 2,000 members of the public and at least 60 members of the press, all eager to view and photograph the latest fashions supplied by Robinson, Triumph, Arena, Jantzen, Elle, Guess, Giordano, Stream Line, Espada, Esp and EP. Yes, some of the suppliers design swimwear …perhaps that explained the mini-swimming pool (sponsored by Des Joyeaux’s CEO, Khun Rapipan, also the president of the local Lions’ Club) situated right in the centre of the stage!
The models themselves, 10 male and 15 female, included superstars and popular heroes and heroines from Thai TV channels such as Luktal Arisa, Nui Kesarin and Run Nattamonagarn, and were headed up by the Thai supermodel, Pim “Sonja” Cooling.

For the guys in 2009 it’s shorts and a formal jacket… try that at the office!
In spite of the heat and humidity, the catwalk was a lively scene of colours and brand new styles being paraded with great enthusiasm all around the fountain, ending up back on the stage, where members of important Chiang Mai families had been seated.
For fashion freaks, this season’s must-haves, for day, for night and for the beach, concentrate on glitter, glamour and strong, powerful, sexy colours, mixed with naked skin …together with a resurgence in the popularity of the handbag, back again in a big way, even for men! The brighter colours, too, are predicted to be a big hit with the guys this season.
After the show was over, a mad rush took place to the air-conditioned cool of Airport Plaza, amid excited chattering about the great new styles …proving yet again that Chiang Mai is not a provincial town many miles from Bangkok, it’s the leading alternative for big events after the capital!

Pija, the organiser of the lavish event, does double duty as the MC.

It’s so hot - wish we were all in that pool! Models
and organisers pictured at the end of a fantastic show.



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