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Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Style -

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

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