Crisis no excuse for being un-chic

Art October 18, 2011 00:00

By The Nation

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The fashion police have launched an investigation after photos were published of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra wearing flashy plaid Burberry boots during a flood inspection.

The boots went great with her black slacks. That wasn’t the problem. The problem was that expensive clothing brands tend to clash with human catastrophes. Nation graphic artist Kriengsak Tangjerdjarad admired the boots and Yingluck’s solid fashion sense, but had to wonder at her timing.

“As if she doesn’t have enough problems,” blogger Bangkok Pundit tweeted, “now a self-inflicted one.”

“Different world we live in,” Korbsak Sabhavasu replied from @korbsak.

She does have a pair of garden-variety brown boots too, so why posh British Burberry clogs that cost, according to the Google search machine, between Bt8,000 and Bt10,000?

Well that seems reasonable considering her wealth, many people on Facebook said. No it doesn’t, many others said, considering how many bags of rice that much money could buy.

“Those boots are made for walking on the streets of Paris, not the flooded streets of Bangkok,” @Anasuya observed.

Soopsip doesn’t care – we want a pair. The shop at Gaysorn Plaza doesn’t stock them, but it will assist with online orders. Next time it floods, you will so wish you were us.


Channel 3 news host Sorrayuth Suthassanajinda has been deluged with both bouquets and brickbats over his flood coverage.

One of the bats involved him “rescuing” a six-month-old baby. Some people think he basically grabbed the infant out of the arms of Flood Relief Operating Centre 1111 and claimed the credit.

Sorrayuth allotted himself airtime to respond. He clearly gave the credit to FROC 111, he said, and played the tape to prove it. “I can take criticism about me trying to be a hero, but I’ve got to correct this,” he rumbled.

And another thing: His priority is focusing on people’s suffering, and that includes footage of people making donations. “That’s because we raise the money and we have to show public how we distribute the aid.”