Interview with Harper’s BAZAAR Thailand Editor-In-Chief, Duang Poshyanonda
With rumbly tummies, Eugene and I moseyed our way through the evening crowds in town to get to Jones The Grocer @ Mandarin Gallery after the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award show last Saturday. We were cordially invited by the regional editors of Harper’s BAZAAR to a post-show afternoon tea. Can life get any better?
As we entered the contemporarily furnished café, the aroma of freshly baked eats filled our lungs. Now, we all know that nothing dishes up better next to sarcasm and wit than a refreshing glass of Iced Lemon Tea and a huge array of bloody delicious Crostini and Macarons; especially when our stomachs are calling to be fed.
After the host gave her short but very sweet speech on the reason for the afternoon tea- for the Editors, finalists, and the rest of the people to interact in a casual environment so as to learn more about the competition and the fashion world-, we shamelessly devoured our platter of food whilst waiting for the chance to speak with the woman behind this entire competition, Editor-in-Chief for Harper’s BAZAAR Thailand.
Not long after, the golden opportunity arrived. Clad in a modern oversized red dress and her trademark red lip, Duang Poshyanonda charmed us with her soigné demeanour.
How did the idea for this competition come about?
The future is Asia. Having travelled to America for New York Fashion Week, I noticed the increasing amount of emerging Asian designers whose talent and creativity are often under looked. I feel that Asian designers have a good eye for detail and are able to incorporate their rich cultural heritages into modern clothing. I’d like very much to support their ideas and fulfill their fashion design aspirations.
What does Fashion mean to you?
Fashion can represent the lifestyle of an individual. I feel that fashion is like a medium for communication as everyone can express themselves in their own ways through the different kinds of clothes, shoes and accessories they put on.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I travel a lot and meet a ton of new people around the globe and that’s where I get most of my inspiration and energy from. Other than that, I love visiting art galleries. Salvador Dali’s one of my favourite artists.
When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion editor?
I loved drawing and writing ever since I was a kid. I studied for a Liberal Arts degree in Thailand. Having been told by my professor that I should further my studies, I then moved on to do my master degree in Fashion Promotion in Istituto Marangoni, Milan, a leading Fashion institute worldwide, and graduated with an Awarded Distinction with honours. I was reassured that I was going to want to be a fashion editor because I simply love writing and am immensely interested in fashion trends.
We all know that you’re known for your eccentric style, but I’d like to know how you would define your style.
I would say that my style is modern. I love putting a modern twist to anything that I wear.
What about the style that Harper’s BAZAAR Thailand exemplifies?
Well, I know the readers for Harper’s BAZAAR Thailand are very sophisticated and well-rounded people, ladies mostly, who shares a similar love for fashion and lifestyle so I’d want to be able to produce a magazine to cater to that.
What are some of your goals for yourself and Harper’s BAZAAR Thailand?
I want to help support and acknowledge existing talents and create new ones in Asia, giving back to society in a way. I’d like to be the ‘middle person’ for these people and the professionals in the fashion industries around the world.
The interview does not end here, we also managed to get some fashion insights from Duang Poshnyonda!
My go-to outfit for work is…
A classic suit paired with a white shirt. Going masculine which I adore!
The 3 things I’ll always carry with me are…
My red lipstick, iPhone protected by my current Moschino French Fry(adorbs!) case and a pair of cat-eye sunglasses.
My favourite fashion item at the moment is…
My Margiela arm cuffs.
My favourite designers are…
Maison Martin Margiela and Yves Saint Laurent.
The one trend I don’t get is… I don’t think this is a trend but I don’t get people who throw all the branded stuff in the world that don’t go together on themselves just because they’re branded. You need to have your own style.
Interview by: Gilda Lim
Images by: Eugene Siow
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