Maponya Mall, like many shopping centres, transforms into a fashion catwalk in the evenings. Designer labels scream out from pants pockets and shirt sleeves, high heels pierce the tile floors, while men strut their brands and women show off their bling. They would have spent ample time getting primped and primed for a night on the town, making sure their colour schemes don't clash, checking and re-checking hairstyles and accessories, while the hottest beats blare through a top-of-the-range speaker system.
There are two reasons to visit Bangkok's Patpong district, and to look for cheap knock-offs of popular brands is the other one. It's also probably the only one of the motives that you'll publicly admit to, as you check out the dirt-cheap Dior and the dime-a-dozen Diesels, none of which will last longer than a politician's promise.