Asia's Most Stylish: Sirisopa Chulasewok
A fashionista and foodie, Sirisopa Chulasewok headed the Christian Dior brand in Thailand for years. But in the past decade she has diversified away from French luxury and towards Thai food, running the Nara group of restaurants and the multi-label fashion boutique Beige.
So how does she dress for days filled with everything from food tastings to high-end fashion shows? “During the daytime, I like jeans and sneakers as I’m in such a rush trying to get everything done,” she says. “But I dress up more for dinners. I love Zimmermann at the moment. I’m also a fan of Thai designer Polpat Asavaprapha and his label Asava. He’s a good friend and his looks fit my frame and my personality.”
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Like any fashion insider worth her expensive high heels, Sirisopa knows exactly which styles and silhouettes work for her figure. “Generally, I like solid colours and very few prints. I favour A-line skirts as I think they flatter my shape, and I also like skinny jeans paired with a statement jacket. And one of my all-time favourite pieces is a Chanel skirt, which I wear with a Chanel tuxedo jacket—it’s a classic look which feels timeless.” Sirisopa says she inherited her sense of style from her elegant mother. “When I was a little girl I used to love watching my mother get dressed up. From her shoes and accessories to the way she pinned her hair—she always looked so immaculate and chic. There were no big brands in Bangkok back in those days so all her clothes were handmade. I remember going to the couturier with her—feeling the fabrics, examining the beautiful buttons. It was where my love affair with fashion began.”
Looking to the future, the philanthropic entrepreneur has some inspiring plans. These include opening a restaurant in London, building a Buddhist temple or two and improving the Thai education system. She’d better get a few new pairs of sneakers if she wants to fit all that in.