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Choo goes a-Cruising

Posted by pakin On November - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Leading luxury brand Jimmy Choo bid an early farewell to 2017 last week by hosting an exclusive party at Ce La Vi, Sathorn Square Tower.

Dubbed “Jimmy Choo I Want Choo Party”, the bash saw the launch of new collection “Cruise 2018” and was attended by d celebrity A-listers including Piyawadee Maleenont, Savitri Paribatra, Atisithand Haritya Chainuvati, Tirawan Taechaubol, Gritiya Mahadumrongkul , Orawan Ingkhasit, Palawi Bunnag, Surachanee Limatibul, Unchisa Vacharaphol, Tiporn Promphan Thawin P.Siaotong, Nishsha Boonyagorn, Juntrarath Na Wangkanai, Pum and Noinutda Asavanaruenath, Panitipad Pheeraphattanakun, Palin Nandakwang, Niti Sawangwattanapaibul, Adisai Kunjara Na Ayudhya, and Monlada Pongpanich.

In designing “Cruise 2018” for her, Jimmy Choo’s creative director, Sandra Choi was inspired by a firework arcing across the darkened sky similar to vibrant strobe lights shooting across the dance floor at night. The main material – microcrystals – features on the top straps while sizeable rainbow coloured jewels set out the delicate heels. Radiant pearls are paired with leather and fun tassels pop up on the more vibrant details as well as the intricately designed crystal brooch that sits atop the iconic shoes and bags.

Several masculine components permeate the collection, with casual style slippers donning crystal jewels. Jimmy Choo’s signature loafers are smartly decked out in plush fur accompanied by purple velvety jewels showing off the more natural masculine fashion.

Mini bag Lockett comes with more a colourful palette, a metal and leather chain and in leather with leopard print and jewels.

In “Cruise 2018” for men, Choi depicted the natural and laid-back elegance with the naturally-balanced, strong and cool yet gentle look of leopard print, denim and velvet, a combination that showcased the brand’s legendary designs for modern gentlemen.

The colour palettes include blue, grey and green with slivers of silver following the colours and contrasts of American artist Rothko.

The collection and other Jimmy Choo merchandise are on sale and its stores at EmQuartier, Siam Paragon, and Central Chidlom as well as online at


Remaining to be seen

Posted by pakin On July - 26 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Gay-themed series are now flooding online TV, but whether the contents are strong enough to address the rights of the LGBT population is still in question

Boy love. Sweet kisses. Gay flirts. These had hardly been portrayed openly on Thailand’s big and small screens until back in 2007, when teen drama Love Of Siam made a bold move with its kissing scene between two male high-schoolers, Tong and Mew. The film addressed family, teen and gender issues while also stirring debate as to its appropriateness.

A decade has passed. As a country that prides itself on being gay-friendly and gender-tolerant, we’ve seen a huge increase in the volume of gay romance, both on the street and on the screen. Particularly on online channels like YouTube and Line TV, dozens of gay-themed series currently air, each featuring scenes far beyond just hugging and kissing.

In the past two years, Thai alternative media has been flooded with over 20 gay-romance series. Interestingly, these series target yaoi fangirls — girls who like fantasising about love between two men — instead of gay men. These series are mostly about romance that builds up between two dashing guys — mostly classmates or roommates — and follow the ups and downs of the couple. Among the popular ones are Sotus The Series, Bad Romance The Series, The Underwear, Slam Dance The Series, Gay OK Bangkok, Grey Rainbow, Water Boyy The Series, Make It Right The Series and 2Moons The Series. Airing on Line TV, Gay OK Bangkok has over 11,300 followers, 2Moons The Series 55,800 and Sotus The Series almost 140,000.

Judging from the comments of viewers and number of followers, feedback is positive. Gay men are more openly given space in the media, yet some people still raise eyebrows over these shows’ substance and appropriateness.

Still a niche

Defining herself as a yaoi fangirl, Waraporn* is a loyal fan of boys’-love series who enjoys scenes like cheek kisses, cheek pinches or two guys gently rubbing one another’s head. Yet she confessed there are many other fangirls out there who like watching hot sex scenes between two gay men.

“Handsome male leads are the first thing I look for when choosing a boys’-love series,” said Waraporn, a university student. “Usually, one man is shorter and has a girlie face, while the other is muscular, handsome and tall.”

But boys’-love series don’t feature only light-hearted romantic stuff. Many attempt to address serious social issues such as the rights of the sexually diverse, bullying, rape and same-sex marriage. Among them are Grey Rainbow The Series and Gay OK Bangkok. However, compared to their easy-to-watch rivals, they have significantly fewer fans.

“I also watched a gay film called The Blue Hour,” Waraporn added. “A gay guy was bullied and had sex with another guy in an abandoned flat. The show was supposed to reflect social issues but was too stressful for me. So I chose to fast-forward the violent scenes.”

Not everyone appreciates the content of these boys’-love series. Ong, a fourth-year student out of the closet, was once a big fan of gay series. As a member of the population represented in the shows, he eventually stopped watching these series as he felt they don’t reflect reality.

“Life is not like a novel or a TV series,” said Ong. “In the show, shorter gay guys are always protected and treated as vulnerable while the more masculine takes the role of hero. In real life, it’s not that simple.”

Setting aside the unrealistic representation, what concerns him most is the nudity.

“I have a feeling that they often have love scenes that skirt the rules. They are not exactly porno but they are not usual love scenes, either. These can be sold because people like them. And this makes people think gay men are sex-obsessed and simply looking for hookups and one-night stands.”

Taking commercial risks

Boonyawat Thongtong, director and scriptwriter for Grey Rainbow The Series, insisted that his series does not intend to sell sex. Rather, he wishes that his production would tackle serious LGBT-related issues in society, be they same-sex marriage, law, public acceptance or relationships.

“I want my show to be different. I want to present love. I don’t want to just use the lead actors and risqué scenes to hook the audience,” said Boonyawat. Airing last year on PPTV, Grey Rainbow tells a story of two male dorm mates, Nuer and Porsche, who struggle through acceptance, family, marriage rights and death.

“People said we were risk-takers to produce this kind of show. Thais don’t watch dramas that require thinking skills like this. But it turned out the show received pretty good feedback.

“We don’t sell sex. People often think intense love scenes are a must in gay dramas. There must be some lovemaking scenes, they think. I think differently. We want to use our show to talk about marriage, laws and love.”

That being said, he admitted that Grey Rainbow has some sensual scenes, which he regarded as “rewards for viewers”. From the commercial perspective, gay series should still sell.

“This is why shows need love scenes or slapping scenes. When they go viral on social media, they rake in more views, and attract commercials. Still, we can present them in an artistic instead of an obscene way.”

Catalyst for change

Kangwan Fongkaew, gay-rights activist and lecturer at the Department of Communication Arts, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Burapha University, expressed concern regarding boys’-love series.

“Soft content that fills up each episode diverts public interest from things that need to be seriously discussed, like same-sex marriage rights. Also, almost all the series in the market present middle-class gay men but fail to capture the diversity in the gay community,” he said.

Private high schools, college campuses, fully furnished apartments and department stores in downtown Bangkok are often used as settings for shows that almost always star handsome young actors with fair skin. Some populations of the gay community are left out.

“Where are lower-class gay men in our media?” he asked. “The gay audience may be brainwashed to think gay men will be accepted only if they have good looks and a college degree.”

The concept of love portrayed in many of the series, in his perspective, is also unrealistic and twisted. Being in a same-sex relationship, Kangwan is disturbed by how the media take the role of matchmaker — matching men with women or gay men with gay men — which in his opinion is opposite to the notion of gender diversity.

He urged the media to stop associating love with gender, as “that does not always reflect the reality”.

The lecturer, however, still sees a positive light in these gay-themed series, as they can be an opportunity to incorporate serious issues rather than selling pure entertainment to the audience.

“The media should be the agent of change. Content providers usually say they create content based on audience needs, but actually they must admit that they are also a catalyst for change, encouraging people to do this and that. So if they choose to send a certain message, they must ensure that such a message makes positive change to society.”

Good thing she saved on that Forever 21 “America” bikini. Taylor Swift’s 4th of July party consisted of her girl squad, new beau Tom Hiddleston and a mega inflatable water slide that’s got everyone talking.

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Although it’s unclear if Swift, 27, rented or purchased the souped-up slip and slide, EZ Inflatables president Eddie Abraamyan gave us the scoop on a similar giant blow-up party toy.

According to Abraamyan, the patriotic-themed inflatable costs $725 to rent from morning till dusk, and can also be purchased for $8,995. But before you make the investment, best make sure that it will actually fit in your yard, as the waterslide measures 27 feet tall, 68 feet long, and 23 feet wide.

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Swift’s version of the costly slide was a huge hit at her annual Rhode Island bash, which was held at her Watch Hill mansion. In numerous Instagram photos posted to her account, the “Shake It Off” singer grins from ear-to-ear while sliding down the massive inflatable with pals including Karlie Kloss,Martha Hunt and even Hiddleston, 35.

Swift also treated her BFFs to a concert with Ed Sheeran and Kesha, and had body paint readily available for faux tattoos.

Among those at the fete this year were Blake LivelyGigi Hadid, Ruby Rose,Cara DelevingneHarley GusmanHalston SageAlana Haim and her nonfamous besties Abigail Anderson and Britany Maack.

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Kim and Kanye are delighted

Delighted Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are having a little boy, she has revealed.

So, little North, two, will is going to have a little brother when Kim, 34, gives birth in December.

And the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star made her announcement in the cutest way – by paying tribute to husband Kanye, 38, on Father’s Day.

Along with the news she posted a picture of the musician and North reading a pop up book together in a hotel room.

Kim, who is currently accompanying her man on tour, wrote on Twitter and Instagram: “Precious moments like this when we were travelling on tour with you are what I live for.

“You are such a good daddy to North & you will be the best daddy to our new son too!”

Obviously, following that announcement, social media went into meltdown.

Since Kim revealed she’s pregnant with her second child three weeks ago, her fans around the world have been desperate to know what sex the baby is.

She made sure we all know now, the day after Kanye headlined at Hot 107.9′s Birthday Bash at Atlanta’s Philips Arena on Saturday night.

On May 31, Kim revealed she is expecting her second child after months of fertility issues.

She was even told by one doctor that she would have to have her uterus removed if she had another baby.

Only last week little North celebrated her second birthday with a family trip to Disneyland in Orange County, California.