Lo­cal de­sign­ers at M-IFW

Home­grown de­sign­ers give the Malaysia-In­ter­na­tional Fash­ion Week a promis­ing start.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By S.S. YOGA

THE main grouse some of us have with Malaysian cou­turi­ers is that they ap­pear to be com­pla­cent and churn out the same de­signs sea­son af­ter sea­son. For­tu­nately, this was not the case dur­ing the open­ing night of the Malaysia-In­ter­na­tional Fash­ion Week (MIFW’10).

The GLAM Gala (courtesy of GLAM mag­a­zine) on Nov 2 saw a lineup of es­tab­lished de­sign­ers com­pris­ing Michael Ong, Datuk Tom Abang Saufi and Faisol Ab­dul­lah of Jen­dela KL. New­comer Yiu Lin and her KLutched bags also took to the run­way with a bang.

Ong’s de­signs were very cur­rent, in­cor­po­rat­ing frills, trompe l’oeil and bro­cade.

His use of songket mo­tif made his creations stand out. He pre­sented one-piece out­fits where tops were made of songket-like fab­rics while the rest was quite mod­ern.

His colour pal­ette was mainly nude and neu­tral toned, set off with some brighter hues. And all his pieces were well con­structed.

Tom played to her strengths. The ju­di­cious use of her pua prints and the mesh of colours were sub­lime. While many of those pieces would be per­fect as re­sort wear, they can eas­ily be worn for ca­sual func­tions in the city.

She also has her pulse on trends and brought out quite a few pieces with leop­ard prints in var­i­ous hues.

Jen­dela KL in­jected fun into the night by bring­ing out friends and so­cial fig­ures as its mod­els, in­clud­ing the brand’s bag and home­ware de­signer Sasha Rowena and GLAM ed­i­torin-chief Wirda Ad­nan.

The la­bel show­cased mainly big, bil­low­ing pieces and kaf­tans, and there was nice use of prints and colour. Faisol cer­tainly knows how to fash­ion his pieces for his clien­tele.

The bags from KLutched were re­ally divine. Now I un­der­stand why peo­ple are rav­ing about the la­bel. Its sig­na­ture en­ve­lope bags came in metal­lic sheens with studs and stones. Some trendy patch­work de­signs were seen too ... and was that a leop­ard print I spot­ted?

On the in­ter­na­tional front, there was a seg­ment by Tif­fany & Co., M-IFW’10’s of­fi­cial jew­ellery part­ner.

The mod­els’ makeup and 1940s-in­spired cloth­ing com­ple­mented the so­phis­ti­cated sparkles and bling-blings on show. De­signs show­cased were by Elsa Peretti, Paloma Pi­casso and Frank Gehry.

Over­all, this was a stylish show­case that brimmed with prom­ise for the fu­ture of Malaysian fash­ion.

The Malaysia-In­ter­na­tional Fash­ion Week, held from Nov 2 to 6 at Pav­il­ion Kuala Lumpur, was or­gan­ised by mifa. The Star is a me­dia part­ner. n For more sto­ries on M-IFW, look out for StarTwo this Thurs­day.

Go with the flow: Colour­ful batik print baju from Jen­dela KL.

Trendy bags from KLutched.

Datuk Tom Abang Saufi works tra­di­tional prints into some­thing mod­ern.

From Michael Ong: Sleeve­less top with songket mo­tif paired with tights (left) and a baby doll en­sem­ble.

Ear­rings, neck­lace and watch from Tif­fany & Co.

Mini dress with a 70s feel at the GLAM Gala show­case.

Wirda Ad­nan in a maxi dress from Jen­dela KL.

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