Alia Bas­ta­mam in24 HOURS

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Style -

I’m an early riser, and very much a morn­ing per­son. It’s be­come a habit for me to wake up at 6.30am ev­ery day. But on week­ends, I try to stay in bed till 9 be­cause I’m not a com­pletely bor­ing per­son. 6.45AM The first thing I do is a squats chal­lenge. It starts with 50 squats and you’ll end up do­ing 250 by the 30th day. Af­ter that, I hit the shower. I take zero time to get ready in the morn­ing be­cause I go to work at my stu­dio straight away. My hair’s not per­fectly curled all day long – it’s in a messy bun and I’m in the most ba­sic of clothes, with no make-up on. I like clothes that are breezy. Only nat­u­ral fab­rics, which are cli­mate ap­pro­pri­ate, be­cause I need to rush around all day. The same goes for my evening looks; whether it’s a fit­ted wrap dress or a loose kaf­tan, I like my clothes to feel like a sec­ond skin. I keep the out­fit sim­ple, amped up with ac­ces­sories, and never leave the house with­out my rings. If I have an event to go to then it’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent story: I need at least three hours to get ready, but prefer­ably five so I have time to run out and get my nails done. Right now I’ve got OPI Mid­night In Moscow pol­ish on my nails. (It’s a great shade of dark red.) I have a grow­ing col­lec­tion of nail colours. 7.15AM For break­fast I’ll have tea and toast with cheese or jam, with my iPad for com­pany. I’m usu­ally brows­ing any­thing from the lat­est news to Net-a-Porter’s weekly mag­a­zines. Some­times I’ll sneak in a game of Candy Crush, or two. 8AM My first stop of the day is the work stu­dio to check on the clothes we’re mak­ing at the mo­ment. I’ll be at the stu­dio for as many work­ing hours as pos­si­ble. De­pend­ing on the day’s ap­point­ments, I’ll ei­ther head to our show­room in Bangsar, where I meet my clients, or source for fab­rics. Be­lieve it or not, I spend at least three hours in the fab­ric store. We showed our first Bri­dal col­lec­tion in March and then our Re­sort 2014 col­lec­tion at KL Fash­ion Week in June. Next there was the Raya col­lec­tion. Most likely the next col­lec­tion I’ll work on will be my Spring/ Sum­mer 2014. At work, I lis­ten to old school R&B on an In­ter­net ra­dio app on my iPad. On my iTunes playlist, which I al­ways go back to, it’s any­thing moody – from Por­tishead, Deftones and Met­ric to Florence and the Ma­chine. I like my Erykah Badu and Floetry, too. When I’m in a good mood, I sing along to Mariah Carey or Whit­ney Houston. 12.30PM Right now I’m go­ing through a salad phase and I hope to stick to it. It’s

Alia Bas­ta­mam

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