Eye-catch­ing el­e­ments

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - R.AGE - by nASA mARIA enTAbAn

KUALA Lumpur was abuzz with ac­tiv­i­ties sur­round­ing last week’s Malaysi­aIn­ter­na­tional Fashion Week (MIFW’10), and for good rea­son.

In re­cent years, the in­dus­try has seen the emer­gence of many ex­cit­ing new de­sign­ers who are young, vi­brant and full of en­ergy.

Over the years many young de­sign­ers have taken their sketches and de­signs all over the world,

Sheer beauty

There was a time when you couldn’t be caught dead in any­thing see-through, but now this el­e­ment is ev­ery­where, and de­sign­ers can’t get enough of it. Just check out this de­sign from Liana Riris A.K.’s col­lec­tion at the re­cent Raf­fles grad­u­a­tion show.

Sheer lace, which I have avoided buy­ing be­cause I was sure it was on the way out, is big­ger than ever now! So head out and stock up for all those Christ­mas and New Years Eve par­ties you’ll be at­tend­ing at the end of this year.

Crazy hair

This is a pop­u­lar el­e­ment in most shows, and Malaysian run­ways are no stranger to — the crazy big hair. I can imag­ine the amount of back­comb­ing and hair­spray that goes into get­ting that poofy, afro ef­fect and it re­ally stuns on the run­way.

The ruler-straight hair look works just as well, and I al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate unique styles like buns and braids. most re­cently Raf­fles In­ter­na­tional Col­lege alumni Jonathan Liang showed his col­lec­tion at London Fashion Week.

Last week the crème de la crème of our fashion in­dus­try took to the run­ways of MIFW, as did many young hope­fuls from fashion schools in Malaysia (you’ll read a lot about them in the weeks to come). This got me rem­i­nisc­ing about some of the won­der­ful de­signs I’ve had the priv­i­lege of see­ing at var­i­ous fashion shows this year.

I love the drama and edge shown by many young de­sign­ers, and es­pe­cially when it comes to the cre­ative use of ma­te­ri­als. Some of them are just so out there, so crazy, but you can’t stop star­ing at them — they’re a strange beauty to be­hold.

In the spirit of mak­ing lists, here’s one of the stand­out el­e­ments de­sign­ers of­ten use in the shows I’ve at­tended, or at least watched on­line, or on TV.

Fu­tur­is­tic el­e­ments

Of­ten when movies, mu­sic videos or tele­vi­sion se­ries de­pict the fu­ture, women and men are dressed in sil­very pantsuits, with struc­tured shoul­ders and mil­i­tary­like el­e­ments to their out­fits.

These, when pre­sented on a run­way, are al­ways eye­grab­bing, mainly be­cause throw­ing some­thing like that on re­quires a cer­tain amount of char­ac­ter.

Check out this awe­some fu­tur­is­tic-es­que piece by Putri Ili M. Noor’s col­lec­tion, ‘Beau­ti­fied Sor­row’. Isn’t that a shade you would love to ex­per­i­ment with, but prob­a­bly never will out of fear of re­jec­tion? That’s what makes an edgy dresser (I know I’d have trou­ble wrap­ping my head around wear­ing this).

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