T+L Asia with Carlos Melia & Rubin Singer

Behind the scenes Travel + Leisure Asia photoshoot with Rubin Singer T+L Asia with Carlos Melia & Rubin Singer  | Bangkok, Thailand | by Jeninne Lee St John at W Bangkok, Thailand. Thank you Jeninne for the mention and look forward working together in the near future again. Was fun playing Rubin Singer Dress Up with you and Nicola Chilton. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


…” Last week I spent a super-fun afternoon with hot designer-of-the-moment, Rubin Singer. The mission was ostensibly a photoshoot and interview of him for our Travel Uniform section; it turned into a fashion show for me. When I walked into his suite on the top floor of the brand-new W Bangkok, it was overflowing with insane pieces from his Autumn/Winter line, “Valkyrie’s Dominion” —all blacks and grays and reds, an asymmetrical bustle here, a bustier there. Rubin was wrapping up a meeting with buyers from a big Thai department store and—though I wish him much success with his actual business dealings—I could not wait for them to get out of there so I could dive into those dresses!


I sucked in my ribcage, the stylist wedged me into this red-overlayed-with-black-lace number and it was love. I spent the next few hours flouncing around in it while our amenable photographer Shinsuke Matsukawa captured Rubin’s irresistible smile and understatedly fabulous travel wardrobe on film… while Rubin’s partner, Carlos Melia (a travel expert in his own right), filled me in on the designer’s tri-generational tailoring roots that reach back to Stalin… and while we discussed his next projects, including the wardrobes for Beyonce’s upcoming concert tour and possibly the uniforms for a certain forward-thinking upscale airline.Hanging out with Rubin in his sun-dappled W bed, wearing this cocktail mini, I think I invented a new style: Lounge Couture….” – Read the full article @ T+L Asia


(*) Special thanks to Nicola Chilton Senior PR for Asia and Pacific for Four Seasons for the introductions. Stay tuned to the upcoming issue of T+L Asia featuring Rubin Singer’s Travel Uniform.


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GPS Carlos Melia two AMAZING weeks in Thailand

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Travel Weekly quotes Carlos Melia about Thailand

Travel Weekly quotes Carlos Melia about Thailand  |  Travel Weekly  |  Travel Weekly, the National Newspaper of the Travel Industry in the United States, ran an article on …” Thailand rolls with the punches…” by Michelle Baran, referring to the resilience of Thailand as a vacation destination, to all the unfortunate events that in the last few years have affected inbound travel to Thailand and the region. Based on my two month on travel across Thailand and being there for the time of the floods, I was quoted on a few paragraphs as one to the conoceur of the region. Continue reading Travel Weekly quotes Carlos Melia about Thailand