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High fashion
in the high seas
aboard
Paradise Elegance

Paradise Vietnam’s pioneering spirit will be on full display April 20 when its newest cruise ship serves as stage for Halong Bay’s first-ever floating fashion show.

The unprecedented event will be orchestrated by renowned Vietnamese clothes designer Le Thanh Hoa and take place during sundown on the sundeck of Paradise Elegance 2, one of two 200-ton steel vessels Paradise launched last year.

“Sure, size matters, but so does style and substance,” asked Nguyen Cao Son, Paradise Vietnam’s chief operating officer. “Paradise Elegance has those qualities as well, which is what makes a partnership with Mr. Hoa such a perfect fit.”

Since winning the prestigious Aquafina Pure Fashion design competition in 2009, Hoa has established himself one of the premier designers in the world. His dresses have been worn by contestants in the Miss World, Miss Earth and Miss Universe pageants as well as by supermodel Leomie Anderson, who arrived at last year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai in one of his numbers.

In addition to breaking new ground in Halong Bay, the fashion cruise is designed to give passengers an exclusive sneak peek at Hoa’s 2018 summer collection, “The Oriental Sun,” which was inspired by symbols of the sun and the most elegant Vietnamese women’s attire of the French colonial era.”

“Launching this collection in a UNESCO World Heritage site as magnificent as Halong Bay and with a company as esteemed as Paradise is a dream come true,” said Hoa. “It’s going to be an evening to remember for all — there’s no doubt about it.”

Costing USD$1,500 per cabin, the experience will worth every penny. “The Oriental Sun” cruise begins at noon, when the Paradise Elegance embarks on a journey cruising the thousands of limestone karsts that define UNESCO World Heritage site Halong Bay.

At sundown, L’Odyssee sundeck is turned into a runway, showcasing Hoa’s summer collection. The show will entail 30 to 45 looks presented by 15 Vietnamese models. It is expected to last about 45 minutes and be followed by live music.