Belmond launches Art & Fashion in Motion 2018 — a collaboration with local artists to bring guests closer to contemporary Asian culture. Art and Fashion meet travel as one of the nostalgic carriages received an artist’s makeover by Thai artist, Somnuek (Parn) Klangnok; with whimsical drawings evoking a sense of fantasy; and celebrating the glamour of travel, Thai fashion house Vvon Sugunnasil introduces stylish new uniforms.
Celebrating 25 years of iconic rail journeys this year, Eastern & Oriental Express embodies the golden age of romantic rail travel mixing old-world glamour with new cutting-edge designs and modern artwork — contemporary nostalgia.
Rolling throughout Southeast Asia; Parn’s creations are inspired by the magical sensation of travelling in a fantasy world; inspired by Parn’s personal experience of travelling aboard Eastern & Oriental Express.
Commenting on his work: “Travelling on the Eastern & Oriental Express was a magical experience. From beginning to end, I was pampered by gracious service and amazing food & drink. As dramatic landscapes and intriguing cultures lined the way, everything appeared in a different light of enchantment. “
The artwork depicts an ethereal world of Princes & Princesses, adorned with beautiful flowers, travelling in their joyful fantasy world for eternity — celebrating the Art of Living Well.
FASHIONING A NEW ERA
Drawing inspiration from the Golden Age of Fashion, emerging talent, Thattaworn Sugunnasil has created a new collection of uniforms featuring French tailoring, an art developed during his time in Paris.
Founder and Creative Director of Vvon Sugunnasil, Thattaworn is the designer of choice for high fashionistas in Thailand with his designs featuring regularly in the pages of the top glossy magazines.
Commenting on his work: “My ideas for the Eastern & Oriental Express uniforms are inspired by the actual travel experience which is of a level beyond luxury; sensual onboard refinement and inspiring views along the way. “
The silhouettes frame a minimalist interpretation of classic Oriental style with sabai draping necklines, prominent buttons, and subtle adornments.
Individual uniforms are specifically designed for each area of the train; the Bar Manager is attired in elegant emerald silk whilst the Train Manager will wear a bespoke single-breasted charcoal suit. In the dining cars, waiters wear classic white shirts and black trouser ensembles with sharp lines for a contemporary twist. The train’s pianist, who is a legend aboard the rails, will wear striking red velvet — all featuring classic tailoring that reflects the timeless luxury of rail travel.
Eastern & Oriental Express travels on one of the most magical and memorable routes in the world. Travelling through stunning scenery from Singapore through Malaysia and across central and southern Thailand, to and from Bangkok.
With its iconic green and gold carriages and elegant interiors evoking the nostalgia and glamour of a bygone era, the train carries just 82 guests in ensuite airconditioned cabins with two dining cars, a bar car and outdoor observation car from which to enjoy the scenic landscapes of Southeast Asia.
The Chef draws inspiration from the route of the travels, for fine dining with contemporary twists. Dedicated 24-hour steward service ensures guests’ every comfort is attended to and off-board excursions add extra dimensions to the experience.
The ultimate in slow travel, Eastern & Oriental Express whisks guests away from the fast pace of everyday life for a peerless adventure on the rails.
Who in Gourmet Bangkok team attended the event?
Chelsea Chan ~ A food lover, golfer, fun lover, and adventurer Chelsea was born in Hong Kong and is a genuine food lover. Her palate is especially sharp on Cantonese food, delicacies from Hong Kong and meat (especially beef, chicken and lamb). She is able to taste how the food is cooked and prepared. Besides, she is also a pro buffet gourmet because of her unlimited appetite. When she says ‘too sweet’, it may not be sweet for you as her preference for chocolate is 72++ dark chocolate.
Neng Srichaisak ~ A pro golfer, travel lover and photographer Neng was born in Bangkok and is an enthusiastic photographer. Ever since joining the Gourmet Bangkok Team, he has developed an intense interest in food and food photography. He is good at searching the best angle for a dish. He likes spicy food and is able to tell the exotic spices used in Asian cuisine. He also acts as the Thai-Cantonese interpreter for Chelsea when reviewing restaurants in Bangkok. As he is a pro golfer, he reviews all golf courses for Gourmet International Team.
There’s a certain magic to this voyage, combining adventure with total relaxation. Handsome green and gold carriages conceal magnificent cherrywood panelling, Thai silks and Malaysian embroidery. Raise a toast as you meander past lush jungle, ancient temples and quaint villages. Some journeys deserve to be savoured.
Will Gourmet Bangkok recommend Eastern & Oriental Express?
Let Eastern & Oriental Express bring you an unforgettable journey full of adventure and relaxation. It’s a train journey that you will never forget! ~ Chelsea