Okay, so I guess I've exaggerated the post title, but we're almost getting there. A couple of weeks ago, the posh Arts Lounge of Hotel de la Paix hosted a fashion show of capsule collections by celebrated French-African designer Eric Raisina and Filipino avant garde designer Don Protasio which coincided with the opening of an art exhibition of Paris-based artist Thav Savann.
Backstage with the designers - Eric andDon
Don's bird series - he printed these images of birds and feathers in our workshop. A French model wore this ensemble with a muslin scarf and a cork necklace
On Vincent: Printed stripe hooded tee, scarf and cotton pants
On Cambodian artist Em Riem: Jesrsey shirt, printed vest and cotton skirt pants with suspenders
On Brewster: Hooded sweatshirt with printed vest and grey pants
On Soo Young (from Korea): printed halter dress with printed muslin scarf, On Kaoru (from Japan, via New York): printed dress and cotton necklace. Don sells his designs exclusively at the One Shop and One Gallery here in Cambodia and Backstage in Serendra in Manila.
Eric Raisina's funky and colorful silk-based fashion... Eric is originally from Madagascar but set up base here in Siem Reap after studying fabric design in Paris. He regularly goes back to Paris as he designs fabrics exclusively for fashion houses like Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Lacroix.
On Christian Larsson (from Norway): silk fur coat, silk fur hat and metallic pants
On Srey Pov: silk kaftan and silk fur hat. Would you believe this Cambodian model is 5 months pregnant???
French models galore...
And yes, the French start young...
On Heidi (from Australia): silk organza dress with silk scarf
On Barry (from Singapore): beaded silk Chinoise top and pants
Don with New York designer Elizabeth Kiester
And with friends from all over...
So sleepy old Siem Reap is transforming itself from a dusty old backpacker town to a slice of third world cosmopolis... but don't worry, the character is still there!