I view my Instagram and Tumblr feeds the moment I get in the car. I love Instagram. It’s a quick way to establish some form of connection to friends I don’t get to hang out with often. I get sneak peeks of their daily life – in a way, it’s almost a tool for stalking. I also browse Style.com and Women Wear’s Daily on my iPad. 9.45AM I get into the office and my assistant updates me on work issues over tea. I am a hands-on person and I go through the entire process of creation in detail. We manufacture 70 percent of the collection in-house and there are daily hiccups from defects in the fabrics to technical difficulties in getting the production to deliver on time. We export Eclipse to many countries and deadlines can be tight and tough. Currently I’m overseeing design for a new Eclipse store opening in Doha, Qatar, later this year and planning an Eclipse men’s collection, scheduled to debut for Autumn/Winter ’15. 10.15AM I check on internal e-mails for quick work updates and have another cup of tea. I then meet with my shoes and accessories team who update me on styles, development charts, raw materials, and selection of colours. If time permits, we have a quick fittings session. After that, I look at the base ideas of the collection we are working on and start tweaking. It’s always work in progress where designs are concerned. 12.30PM I leave the office for lunch – my favourites are Kampachi for Japanese or Fong Lye for divine Taiwanese cuisine. I make pitstops at either Suria KLCC, Pavilion KL, or Mid Valley Megamall to check on my stores and chat with my retail managers. 2.30PM I run through the collections planning chart with my product development head as well as review all new fabrications. We plan work one season ahead; right now we are sourcing for Pre-Spring ’15. Later, it’s daily fittings on prototypes in development with my design team and pattern drafter. That ends with another cup of tea. 4.15PM Daily meetings with the social media team is something I look forward to. We discuss ideas and strategies on how to improve our social media presence and how to reach out to a younger audience. My team is fairly young and I’m amazed at how the young mind works and thinks. 5.30PM More tea is waiting for me on my desk. I look at my fabric planning chart and start materialising the line-up of textures and patterns that will be the mainframe of the next season’s collection. I start my design process based on the fabrics instead of vice versa since a typical Eclipse collection can easily include up to 250 styles. It’s a long and tedious process but after 25 years in the business, I am used to the vicious fashion cycle that is ever-changing. I’m constantly learning – there is never a dull moment in fashion! The longest I can go without thinking about work is probably three weeks in a year, which is when I take my annual break. A memorable holiday was a three-week road trip in Syria in 2008. This August, I will be heading to Peru and Chile. 7PM I wrap up at work and head back for a homecooked meal. I make it a point not to eat out on weekdays with Fridays as an exception. Dinner is normally baked or steamed seafood and some vegetables. Once a month, I do a juice cleanse. After dinner, I hang out with my furkids while catching up on episodes of Homeland or Scandal or The Blacklist on Apple TV. I don’t always head out but when I do, it’s to Pisco Bar on Jalan Mesui that plays the best music this side of town. Sometimes, my friends come over for sake. 11.30PM I make it a point to cleanse and moisturise every night before bed. Then it’s time for my nightly dose of E!
before the lights go out.
The Eclipse show at KL Fashion Week 2013