Local designers at M-IFW
Homegrown designers give the Malaysia-International Fashion Week a promising start.
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.