Thai elegance walks the Cannes red carpet

Art May 25, 2017 01:00

By KUPLUTHAI PUNGKANON
THE NATION

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Araya A. Hargate takes her baby bump to the Cote D'Azur



BACK AT the Cannes Film Festival for the fifth year, popular British-Thai actress Araya “Chompoo” A Hargate once again drew plenty of admiring glances. This time though, the applause was not just for her inimitable style, but also for a baby bump that looked glamorous in its own right thanks to the careful design of four stunning couture gowns.

Araya, who is five-months pregnant with twins, was again representing the festival’s beauty category as the brand ambassador of L’Oreal Thailand and credited her impeccable styling to her close collaboration with fashion magazine, L’Officiel Thailand.

For the premiere of “Ismael’s Ghosts”, Araya wore a white Ralph and Russo dress with a silk cape covered with crystals and ostrich feathers. For “Loveless”, Araya was attired in a black Olivier Theysken gown that was the perfect complement to the sapphire and diamonds of Chopard’s Red Carpet Collection.

And Araya’s happiness at walking down the staircase with her husband Visrut “Nott” Rangsisingpipat was evident as she brought an added glow to the voluminous gown in fuchsia by Zuhair Murad paired with Chopard’s diamond-drop earrings to the premiere of “120 Beats Per Minute”.

Last Sunday, she wrapped her chic maternity moments on the red carpet at the 70th Cannes Film Festival with compliments pouring in from fans as well as the world’s fashion bibles.

Vogue.com wrote: “With celebrities from all over the world vying for attention, it can be hard to stand out – but there’s no fashion challenge that Araya “Chompoo” Hargate can’t handle”.

RedCarpet-FashionAwards.com added further praise, writing: “Araya’s look was all about bringing drama to the carpet, from the oversized peplum, to the sultry sheer skirt, the opera gloves and Chopard high jewellery collection pieces. This is a worthy look for Cannes.”

The actress was also selected as having one of the best looks at Cannes 2017 by Vanity Fair.

For her final appearance on the red carpet for the screening of “The Meyerowitz Stories”, Araya stunned the crowd by dressing the bump in a couture gown created by French atelier Alexis Mabille complete with a quilted red cape that trailed behind her. The brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris (Thailand) was made up on the theme “Flawless Finale”. Chopard’s diamonds completed the look and ensured Araya looked every bit the star.

Prior leaving the country to France early in May, Araya took a few minutes to chat with XP about her red carpet moments. Excerpts:

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BEING REFERRED TO AS “MAE IS MAE”, MEANING A FASHION ICON AND A MOTHER?

I’d certainly like to thank my fans. Fashion is something that I love and I know my style, which is rather diverse, having been through a lot of trials and errors. I can be sweet, sexy or hip-hop wild but on a normal day I like to wear something comfortable.

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE RED CARPET

Well, the first year I wasn’t quite sure what to do so I played it by ear. After that I learned to balance my Thai fans’ expectations with the attention of the international media. It’s a little complicated. No matter how hard you work to prepare your look and your makeup, you still need to present yourself as outstanding. The danger is that you try too hard and you lose your charisma.

The red carpet has its own special moments. It’s impossible to describe in words. For example, when I work on a visual campaign, the team tells me: ‘act like you’re on the red carpet’. You cannot really fake it. Your eyes cannot lie.

At this point everything in life in priceless. I feel complete as a woman. I’ve grown up these past five years, going from being single to married, and now a mother. My eyes reveal that I’m stronger. 

WHO ARE YOUR IDOLS ON THE RED CARPET?

I’ve been watching everybody. Each year there are so many big names. The global spokespersons for L’Oreal such as Julianne Moore, Jane Fonda, Gong Li, Fan Bingbing and Li Bingbing are so elegant and graceful. Age cannot affect their beauty. And look at Aishwarya Rai! Last year she celebrated her twentieth walk on the red carpet. They all inspire me. They have all travelled their own journeys and experienced their special moments. All the pressure is gone. You leave everything and enjoy the moment.

I know some people question whether I should even be at the film festival or feel that society pays too much attention to beauty. All I can say to those criticisms is that the festival is by invitation only. Like all events it has a commercial side and L’Oreal is one of the main sponsors. I might not be there to present a film but for me, as a Thai, it’s an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the industry. I hope I am up to this and I am very grateful for all the support. 

 n Araya’s “Cannes 2017 Day Look” is completed with rich moisturising nude lipstick (L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Cream C405) and her glowing complexion is enhanced with the light-cream and matte-finish texture of L’Oreal’s Lucent Magique Porcelain Cushion.