Bride and beau­ti­fully bold

New Straits Times - - Flair -

AS brides have slowly grown to dic­tate the wed­ding style of their big day, con­form­ing to tra­di­tional ex­pec­ta­tions (among women who iden­tify them­selves with New Age aes­thet­ics, at least) are long gone.

The mod­ern evo­lu­tion of the bridal in­dus­try cer­tainly pro­vides a much-needed breath of fresh air and de­sign­ers, above all, are mostly ex­cited about it.

They in­clude de­signer Tengku Syahmi, who boldly shows off pantsuits in his lat­est bridal col­lec­tion.

“I be­lieve that my de­signs are ex­per­i­men­tal but I don’t think they are in any way out of touch with what mod­ern brides seek,” said the creative di­rec­tor be­hind the Tsyahmi la­bel.

“My in­spi­ra­tion comes from my ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with for­mer clients, tak­ing into ac­count the ideas they en­vi­sioned and their style iden­ti­ties.

“Since do­ing be­spoke back in

2015, I no­tice there is a de­mand, although quite niche, for bridal­wear to be show­cased with more con­tem­po­rary essence. Con­sid­er­ing that the ideal Tsyahmi bride (or groom) isn’t re­stricted by de­sign, I’m glad that this col­lec­tion has fi­nally been pro­duced.”

There are 12 looks - with de­signs for both men and women — with satin silk and songket.

The cap­sule col­lec­tion also in­cludes el­e­gant dress de­signs with a mix of tra­di­tional and mod­ern el­e­ments.

For in­stance, the tra­di­tional ku­rung is paired with a soft or­ganza skirt to make it ap­pear more youth­ful.

“I think the ap­peal of a Tsyahmi cre­ation is in its sim­plic­ity. Yes, some pieces may play with vol­ume but they are never heavy, es­pe­cially on the em­bel­lish­ments. We play a lot with cuts and tex­tures in our fab­ri­ca­tion tech­niques but I think our pri­mary de­sign ob­jec­tive is to ac­cen­tu­ate the fig­ure of the bride. It’s all about cel­e­brat­ing her body more than the dress,” said Syahmi.

“For me, de­sign­ers are style solvers and there is noth­ing more im­por­tant than mak­ing sure that your client looks his/her best.”

The col­lec­tion cer­tainly speaks a lot about the de­signer — one who is dar­ing enough to ex­press the un­con­ven­tional side of bridal­wear.

Whether his en­thu­si­asm on moder­nity is able to at­tract brides (on a wider scale and not just within the con­text of ur­ban brides) is un­cer­tain, but at least it makes the scene ex­cit­ing for brides, de­sign­ers and those (like my­self) who are keep­ing tabs.

Visit Tsyahmi at or follow @tsyah­mikl for more col­lec­tion up­dates from the de­signer.

De­sign­ers are style solvers and there is noth­ing more im­por­tant than mak­ing sure that your client looks his/her best.”

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