Fragrance And Fashion
18th World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
Fragrance & Fashion – an extraordinary fusion affair of expertly matched food; wine; fashion; and art in five acts, each inspired by a specific fragrance, was recently presented during the 18th annual World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.
Lampe Berger Paris selected a unique fragrance for each of the five acts from its Dreams of Freshness; Dreams of Flowers; and Oriental Dreams collections to inspire the epicurean and artistic matches – the Paris-based manufacturer of the famed Lampe Berger Lamp works with top French Master Perfumers to create over 50 fragrances of magnificent olfactory compositions.
For the first act, guests were introduced to the scent of tomato leaves – the fragrance carries major notes of fresh mint. The matching food pairing designed by Anantara Siam’s Executive Chef, Jan Van Dyk, featured seared scallops served with prawn paper; tomato; mixed herbs; and an equally fresh tasting cucumber and lime infused consommé. Anantara Siam’s Wine Guru, Prateep Kanisthachart, collaborated with the connoisseurs at Italasia, importers of fine Italian wines and a World Gourmet Festival partner since the annual event’s inception, to handpick Alois Lageder Sauvignon Blanc 2015 from the Trentino-Alto Adige region in northern Italy – the wine’s pronounced aromas and deliciously fresh aftertaste complement the tomato and mint notes of the fragrance perfectly.
The other fragrances selected to inspire the further four acts of the unique Fragrance & Fashion event were Radiant Bergamont; Sensual Bouquet; Timeless Rose; and Amber Powder.
People often associate aromas with colours and one of Thailand’s most talented fashion designers, Munchumart Numbenjapol, showcased her colour interpretation of each act’s fragrance when she paraded garments from her new Silk Road by Munchu’s travel wear collection to delight the visual senses. Following her lead, iconic brand Lotus Arts de Vivre accessorised the models with exquisite jewellery from its portfolio of necklaces, earrings, rings, bangles, bracelets, and brooches.