Pattaya Fashion Week spotlights swimsuit supermodels, convict designers

Friday, 30 September 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 39 By  Pattaya Mail Reporters

Pattaya’s second International Fashion Week rolled down catwalks from Central Festival Pattaya Beach to the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel with supermodels in swimsuits, and silk gowns made by prison inmates.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and former Thai ambassador to Canada Adisak Panupong opened the Sept. 9-17 event with 20 international brands showing off their autumn and winter collections.  Thirty Sept. 9-11 showcases at Central Festival and Royal Garden Plaza featured designs from Bossini, BSC, Chaps, Dapper, Elle, Esprit, F Fashion Paris, Fox, Le Coq Sabrina, Manlio Nuovo, Paul Frank, Playboy, Sloggi, Speedo, Sportif, Triumph, Volcom, and Wacoal.

Models strut their stuff at Central Festival Pattaya Beach as part of the 2nd Pattaya International Fashion Week.Models strut their stuff at Central Festival Pattaya Beach as part of the 2nd Pattaya International Fashion Week.

Among the models were 2005 Miss Universe Natalie Glebova from Canada.

The highlight of the show, however, was the “Silk Inspired Project,” the first collection designed by convicts at Bangkok’s Central Women‘s Correctional Institution.  The project, initiated by HRH Bajra Kitiyabha to celebrate HM the Queen’s 79th birthday, featured 44 outfits fashioned from silk made under the princess‘ “sufficiency economy” program in Nong Bua, Lamphu and Udon Thani provinces.

Michael Procher, GM Nova Platinum Hotel, Nova Gold Hotel & Amari Nova Suites (2nd right) and Sascha Kunze, Hotel Manager of Nova Platinum Hotel (far left) pose with models at a special Fashion Week Party held at the Nova Platinum Hotel.Michael Procher, GM Nova Platinum Hotel, Nova Gold Hotel & Amari Nova Suites (2nd right) and Sascha Kunze, Hotel Manager of Nova Platinum Hotel (far left) pose with models at a special Fashion Week Party held at the Nova Platinum Hotel.

Fashion Week wrapped at the Royal Cliff Grand Sept. 17 with the first Supermodel of Asia-Pacific swimsuit competition featuring top models from 33 countries in the region.

Kate Kikuchi shows off the form that garnered favour with the judges.Kate Kikuchi shows off the form that garnered favour with the judges.

Parading before 11 judges at the hotel’s Infiniti Pool in striking and colorful swimsuits from the SISI Collection in Bangkok, the models from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Guam, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Ukraine and Vietnam then introduced themselves.

The field was then cut to seven semifinalists with Kate Kikuchi of Guam winning the round.

Supermodel of Asia Pacific was founded and organized by Pradit Pradinunt, and Il & Elle Organize Co. with the support of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.  The contest concluded Sept. 19 in Bangkok with Bunga Jelitha of  Indonesia taking first place.  Thailand’s Araya Supharuek finished second.

The Pattaya swimsuit event also featured a charity auction of memorabilia and T-shirts with the proceeds going to Thai flood victims.

Afterward, guests joined the supermodels for afternoon tea at the Royal Cliff’s Promenade Lounge.  Deputy General Manager Joachim Grill thanked the models for their performances as well as organizers.

Kate Kikuchi, from Guam (left) receives first prize in the swimsuit category from Joachin Grill, General Manager of Royal Cliff Hotels Group.Kate Kikuchi, from Guam (left) receives first prize in the swimsuit category from Joachin Grill, General Manager of Royal Cliff Hotels Group.

Bunga Jelitha of Indonesia was the overall winner of the Supermodel of Asia-Pacific contest.Bunga Jelitha of Indonesia was the overall winner of the Supermodel of Asia-Pacific contest.

Contenders line up for the Supermodel of Asia-Pacific swimsuit competition at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort in Pattaya on Saturday, Sept. 17.Contenders line up for the Supermodel of Asia-Pacific swimsuit competition at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort in Pattaya on Saturday, Sept. 17.

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