Does it take a foreign mag such as Arena Homme Plus to show us the real Bangkok? In the latest issue, AH+ features a fashion spread shot in an unidentifiable Krungthep location rather than at some wat, or talart, or some other exotic locale. Nonedescript it may seem, but it is the everyday-ness of what is projected that I find so appealing. If fashion is attitude and dash, rather than magnitude and cash, AH+ has made our city quite the fashion gem it is yet to be.
While I was picking up the magazine at Kinokuniya earlier this evening, a gaggle of half-drag school boys were flipping through the same title and commented—without disguising their dismay —when they spotted the said spread: “Why did they choose these boys when we have such cuties as Mario Maurer?”
If setting the shoot against a familiar site such as Wat Arun is predictable, then choosing another pretty-faced model such as those favoured by Lips is as engaging as Ken Teeradej in yet another romantic comedy.
These boys in the spread are perhaps nobody, but there’s a naturalness about them and the setting in which they are placed that sets them apart from the usual over-styled, over-made-up models found in Thai fashion magazines. As a lawyer friend of mine is fond of saying, “They’re not even blue-collared; they’re unskilled!”
For some of us, therein lies the appeal!
Photography: Sean & Seng. Styling: Tamara Rothstein