Rosita Kerdlarppol is the quintessential chic girl around town. Always dressed to impress, she is known in the best Parisian circles for her charm and style—all of which is on full display on her eponymous blog. Originally from Thailand, Rosita graduated from Esmod in Paris and is in the midst of developing her own art deco minaudière line.
What’s hot right now?
Loic Prigent’s Le Jour d’Avant tracks four design houses—Proenza Schouler, Sonia Rykiel, Fendi, and Jean Paul Gaultier—in the 36 hours before their Fall 2009 Prêt-à-Porter défilé, (with the exception of Gaultier, who is captured before his Fall 2009 couture show). La Pâtisserie des Rêves is the new pâtisserie in rue du bac by Philippe Conticini—it has the best Paris-Brest and Saint Honoré in Paris. L’Eclaireur was reopened in October 2009 and is the best multi-brand concept store in Paris. Designed in association with the Belgian artist Arne Quinze, the large space—450-square-meters—has a good selection and you will never leave empty handed. Cire Trudon’s les cierges camées and cierges imperial perfumed candles are my favourite ones. The Trudons became the official candle makers to the French Court and managed to make it through the revolution. I also can’t wait for the first Hermès Rive Gauche boutique that will be opening soon in place of the old swimming pool at the Lutetia Hotel, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
Who is your favorite fashion designer?
Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel, Cristobal Balenciaga, Azzedine Alaïa, Alber Elbaz, Phoebe Philo, Olivier Theysken and Rick Owens.
What’s the best city for design at the moment?
It depends on what kind of design and style. In my opinion, Paris is always the best city for design. The most important thing is you must be in love with the city. It inspires you.
Where is your favorite place in Paris?
Palais Royal, Deyrolle, art galleries in rue de Université, rue de Lille, rue des Saint Pères, Café de Flore, L’Hôtel rue des Beaux Arts, Le Grand Epicerie at Le Bon Marché, Upper Marais area, Porte de Clignancourt, Azzedine Alaïa boutique in rue de Moussy, L’Eclaireur on rue de Sévigné and a small antiquaire “Ivoine” on place de Furstenberg.
What are your favorite places in Thailand?
My home in Bangkok, brunch and dinner at Madison and Biscotti at the Four Seasons, Salon de Thé at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Resort, the floating market, spas in Phuket such as Amanpuri, Sri Panwa and Chiva-Som (Hun-Hin).
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