By THE NATION
TO HELP IT celebrate the healthy lifestyle through fun and attractive active wear, Thai brand Wakingbee recently invited actress Natapohn Tameeruks to be a guest designer for its spring and summer 2019 collection, “Wakingbee x Taew Swim and Sweat”.
The outfits recently hit the runway in a fashion show at Escape Bangkok, with Natapohn telling reporters that her design concept was in response to her busy schedule. “I usually exercise in my free time, from weight training, Pilates, or swimming. But if I have more time, I will go diving. I find active wear and swimwear similar in function and that gave me the idea to design active wear that’s also suitable for water sports.”
The collection made with a special fabric that that protects the wearer from UV rays and bacteria while also being resistant to sea water and quick drying, features a cropped sports bra with plenty of support that can be worn with high-waisted swimming shorts with a removable outer layer to give two looks. Another highlight is the ankle-length trousers in a lightweight fabric. Ladies can also have fun mixing and matching the leggings, tank top, and shorts.
The brand pays attention to the small details, adding extra hooks to the bra and removable sponge pads to the trousers and putting in hidden pockets. Each item is as suited to exercising as it is to aquatic sports. The palette includes maroon, blue, coral, black, white and nude and boasts prints inspired by waves and the beauty of reefs and marine life.
Chalita Hongsakul, the brand’s managing director, says she has thoroughly enjoyed the collaboration with Taew.
“She defines the modern lady with an active lifestyle and is conscious of the need to take care of her health. She has been involved in every part of the design process.”
Several celebrities turned out for the show, among them Ploypayap Srikarnchana, Haruethai Jayant Na Ayudhaya, Jarospan Svasti Na Ayudhya, Karuna Vatchana-phukka, Pimdao Panichsamai, Prang-Kannarun Wongkhajonglai, Diana Flipo and Chalita Suansane.
Ploypayap is also fitness mad, telling The Nation: “I enjoy working out on daily basis, and follow my routine everyday. Even when we’re pleased with the way we look and our clothes fit without feeling tight, we keep on exercising just so we can feel great.
I focus mainly on weight training and when I have time do an hour of aerobic dance. I like sportswear with high flexibility but in a lightweight fabric that can absorb sweat.”