Santiburi Koh Samui, the luxurious retreat on Koh Samui’s stunning north shore, will promote Thai skill and craftsmanship with a dazzling new fashion show and dining event that underlines the country’s contemporary culture and style, while also helping to inspire a new generation of designers.The “Fashion Mania: In Vogue Dining” event will showcase the work of celebrated Thai fashion designer Kai Ukas, who empowers women in underprivileged communities by using locally woven textiles. The featured fashion is tailored from traditional fabrics of Narathiwat, the stunning southern province of Siam, and sponsored by Khun Eakarat Leesen – the region’s Governor. The cultural marriage between those unique textiles and the designer’s modern and funky style helps to enrich and add value to Thai culture.
Kai Ukas is an iconic figure in the Asian fashion scene; not only is she a highly skilled and innovative designer, whose creations have adorned catwalks around the globe, she is also a World Peace Ambassador. In 2018, she became the first female designer to receive an Amity Honour at the World Peace Awards in Sweden.
On 4thSeptember 2019, Kai Ukas will display her pioneering designs in a fashion show featuring several leading Asian models. They include Pili Opal, who has modelled with David Beckham, Dream Chanokporn, MaMeeh Napakpapha, Cartoon, and Tewika, illustrious actors and supermodels who have featured in top glossy magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
These top models will be joined on the catwalk by local youngsters and Thai staff from Santiburi and other five-star resorts in Koh Samui, who will also have a unique opportunity to become models for the night. In this way, the event will foster a spirit of collaboration between the island’s resorts, while also giving potential new stars the chance to shine.
Fashion Mania will also showcase Koh Samui as a stylish destination whilst promoting Thai talent and workmanship, including design, weaving and modelling, in an effort to inspire a new generation of Thai talent. It will help to connect people and cultures, spreading important messages of peace, harmony and diversity.
“Sustainability and social responsibility are integral parts of Santiburi’s DNA; we embrace the principles of social enterprise and cultural exchange, and take pride in preserving the environment and protecting our local communities. Kai Ukas is a perfect match for us; she is an artist who has the ability to understand her audience, who connects civilizations and promotes global thinking by mixing textiles and styles from cultures all around the world,” said Sabine Lamberts, the resort’s General Manager.
“We are proud to partner with someone who has done such outstanding work in supporting local communities in Thailand and across Asia. It is rare to find an internationally recognised fashion icon who is also a World Peace Prize award winner, and Kai Ukas embodies the values that we hold dear. We look forward to introducing our guests to her breath-taking designs, to strengthening both the Thai fashion industry and empowering the communities that depend upon it,” she added.
The In Vogue Dining event will start at 6pm with a VIP cocktail, speeches and a laser dance at the idyllic Santiburi beach. The fashion show itself will kick-off at 7:45pm at the resort’s gigantic pool, followed by a dramatic fire show and continue at the Beach House with an After-Party – life DJ and TOP Models waiting to mingle with you.
The evening is open to both in-house and outside guests. VIP tickets are priced at THB 3,500 net per person, including an exclusive cocktail reception, seated dining, four hours of free-flow drinks (wine, beer and soft drinks) and all entertainment and after party. Regular tickets are available for THB 950net per person, including four hours of free-flow drinks, the fashion event and after party, with fancy food available at an extra cost.
With exceptional events spaces, including beautiful beachfronts, and plenty of captivating cultural activities for guests to enjoy, Koh Samui is an exquisite destination for boutique events. Just a short one-hour flight from Bangkok, and directly connected to other major Asian cities including Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Chongqing, this exotic island is also easily accessible.