Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Style - On Zaihani: Shirt; jacket; and bow tie, all from Hack­ett. Glasses, Zaihani’s own. Styling as­sis­tant: Na­ressa Khan Hair: Kay/ Cen­tro Hair Sa­lon Make-up: Mon­ica Lee Nails: Nailsmith Spa & Bar Dog: Luna the Dober­man, cour­tesy of San­dra Woo Pho­tog­ra­phy as­sist


Af­fec­tion­ately known in the in­dus­try as “Kak Zai”, Zaihani likens fash­ion to that of a swirling whirlpool. “Fash­ion’s en­ergy is so strong, even if you stay by the side­lines, you get pulled in,” Zaihani ex­plains. A per­ma­nent fix­ture at the front row of Malaysia’s fash­ion week shows, you’d be hard-pressed not to spot her quirky sense of style from a mile away. “The stylist Ji­man [Casablan­cas] once de­scribed me as ‘quirky and clas­sic’ at the same time,” she re­veals. Known for her unique take on styling a clas­sic white shirt, Zaihani’s trans­for­ma­tion on-set re­minded us of Mar­lene Di­et­rich’s sig­na­ture gen­der-bend­ing look. “You can never have too many white shirts in your closet,” she says, be­fore strip­ping off her black hosiery, tak­ing us all by sur­prise. “It’s the one thing that can be trans­formed how­ever you want, and is the one con­stant sta­ple in my ever-chang­ing wardrobe.”

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