BERNARD CHANDR AN in 24HOURS

The iconic Malaysian de­signer’s life in num­bers. By Sharmita Summugam.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The News -

6.45AM I be­gin my day the same way ev­ery day; a crea­ture of habit I am, with the oc­ca­sional mo­ments of spon­tane­ity. Be­fore I get out of bed, I say a lit­tle af­fir­ma­tion and greet my wife to get daily bless­ings from her be­fore I head out. 7.30AM In a fuss-free man­ner, I make my­self a healthy shake of or­ganic, fresh in­gre­di­ents. Dressed in form-fit­ting, fash­ion­able gym wear paired with a chic hel­met for safety, I cy­cle to my neigh­bour­hood gym for a gru­elling hour and a half of mus­cle-ton­ing. Ev­ery al­ter­nate day, I ease my way to the gym at home. 9AM I take a long shower, for I re­ally en­joy my 30-minute showers. The mood of the bath­room is set with a run­ning back­drop noise from CNN or MTV. My wife and I love to critic the new-gen mu­sic scene, in a pos­i­tive way, of course! It is also dur­ing this time, while get­ting ready for the day that my wife Mary and I con­verse about our chil­dren, what the day has in store for each of us, and more. I vi­su­alise my en­tire out­fit the night be­fore. My sense of fash­ion has changed with the times. When I was young I was inspired by the ’80s mu­sic scene! A-ha and Du­ran Du­ran were my big­gest in­flu­ences. I used to wear these crazy out­fits of high-waisted jeans, and over­sized shirts paired with that sleek coif just like Morten Har­ket. I loved tak­ing fash­ion risks and I still do. Mak­ing an ef­fort to think about what one wears ev­ery day is an im­por­tant value that I prac­tise and in­stil in my chil­dren. If you are hav­ing a bad day, dress­ing up will make a huge dif­fer­ence and change how you feel about your­self. You feel pos­i­tive when you walk out, head held high, rock­ing the look you’ve cho­sen for your­self; it can turn grey skies into an amaz­ing day. My stylist has to re­mind me that there are cer­tain looks that I can’t and should not be rock­ing any­more, even though I be­lieve I can still work it! It is dur­ing this hour that I would usu­ally re­ceive pic­ture up­dates from my graphic de­signer, who takes pic­tures of what goes on at the ate­lier for my ar­chives. I have 20 years worth of im­ages in my archive. Some­day when another de­signer takes over Bernard Chan­dran, they will have the en­tire archive at their dis­posal. This is some­thing I learned in Paris while I was liv­ing there in my younger days as a fash­ion stu­dent. 10AM I never leave the house with­out pray­ing. Mary and I will both per­form a small prayer be­fore truly be­gin­ning our day. Just be­fore I head down for a light late break­fast, we be­lieve it is only right to give back a lit­tle some­thing be­fore start­ing the day. I have a box where we each put money in, ev­ery day. At the end of the year, it is do­nated to char­ity. 11AM Mary whips up a healthy meal that con­sists of steamed fish and Chi­nese broth. That’s my daily morn­ing meal, light and whole­some. My sec­ond son and I are ex­tremely picky with our food com­pared to the rest of the fam­ily. When I am in Paris, I’ll head to the gym as usual, but break­fast will be a late af­fair with the en­tire team that would usu­ally last till noon, be­fore we head back to the ate­lier. 12PM The no­to­ri­ously busy roads of KL are usu­ally clear at this hour and that is when I make my way to the of­fice, si­t­u­ated right in the cen­tre of the

hus­tle and bus­tle of the city.

Bernard Chan­dran in St. Ger­main, Paris

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