October 28, 2008 / 5:55 PM / 10 years ago

Thai princess opens Russia Fashion Week with line

MOSCOW (Reuters Life!) - Thai Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana sashayed along a red carpet on Tuesday before launching her new clothes collection and kick-starting Russian Fashion Week with the snip of a ribbon.

Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand arrives for the opening ceremony of the Russian Fashion Week and presentation of her collection in Moscow October 28, 2008. The princess sashayed along a red carpet on Tuesday before launching her new clothes collection and kick-starting Russian Fashion Week with the snip of a ribbon. Russian Fashion Week which usually invites foreign designers opened on Tuesday in Moscow and will last till November 4. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Clad in a black satin dress, stiletto heels and wearing bright red lipstick, the princess unveiled heavily bejeweled, brightly colored dresses which fell off mannequins’ shoulders in an exhibit hall just outside the center of Moscow.

“It’s avant garde, and draws on passion from the 1980s, it’s a blend of old and new. I think Russians will like it,” said Henri Young, sales director of Thai property developers Raimon Land, who are sponsoring the event.

The 21-year old, U.S.-educated princess shot a bewitching smile at photographers but refused to talk or give interviews.

“It’s wearable, that’s why we like her. She’s the most fashionable young princess, the most fashionable of the royal family,” Bangkok-born actress Angie Hastings, who flew over to support the princess, told Reuters.

The princess posed in front of her new pret-a-porter collection, called ‘Ethnic Rock’ and composed of a series of short, shiny nightwear dresses, to blaring Black Sabbath and Guns ‘n’ Roses music, which the DJ said had been ordered by the Thai organizers of her exhibit.

Though at the beginning of her fashion career, the granddaughter of revered Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej was spotted last summer at Giorgio Armani’s exclusive show in Milan and recently presented her collection in Paris.

“Basically, she’s a state civil servant, and she brings that extra cultural edge,” said Alexander Shumsky, general producer of Russian Fashion Week (RFW).

“Every season we want to do a special exhibit... It’s a beautiful collection and it worked out wonderfully, I’m glad her first time in Russia was for us,” he said.

RFW invites several foreigners every year, making it different from its sister Moscow Fashion Week, which ends on Tuesday with much-celebrated Russian designer Igor Chapurin’s spring-summer collection for next year.

Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman, editing by Paul Casciato

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