Strut­ting out in style

Young Malaysian de­sign­ers show they have what it takes to suc­ceed.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FASHION - By ELAINE DONG, S.S. YOGA and SAN­DRA LOW. startwo@thes­tar.com.my

MALAYSIANS cer­tainly have a pas­sion for fashion as proven by the re­cent Malaysia-In­ter­na­tional Fashion Week (M-IFW). Es­tab­lished as well as bud­ding de­sign­ers en­thralled the crowd with their cre­ations at Pavil­ion Kuala Lumpur in a starstud­ded fashion ex­trav­a­ganza or­gan­ised by Malaysian In­ter­na­tional Fashion Al­liance (mifa) from Nov 2 to 6. The Star is a me­dia part­ner.

Judg­ing from the pop­u­lar­ity of shows such as Project Run­way and

The Fashion Show, there is cer­tainly no lack of as­pir­ing fashion de­sign­ers out there. Malaysia is no dif­fer­ent as 10 up-and-com­ing de­sign­ers showed off their col­lec­tions at the grand fi­nals of mifa’s Who’s The Next De­signer Search 2010.

Si­las Liew, Wil­liam Sim, Chow Yao Xian, Hy­acinthe Kaur, Alan Ooi, Chan Siew Le, Hay­den Koh, Michelle Shia, Olivia Koo and Lee Looi Teng all dis­played ex­cel­lent tailor­ing in their col­lec­tions, even though some of the de­signs were want­ing in terms of cre­ativ­ity and flair.

Liew started the ball rolling with metic­u­lously de­signed out­er­wear. Jack­ets and capelets were put to­gether with min­i­mal­is­tic chic, weav­ing heavy suit fab­ric with el­e­gant de­sign, clearly demon­strat­ing that his was a col­lec­tion with vi­sion.

Also wor­thy of men­tion was Sim’s col­lec­tion which had metal­lic chic played out in lay­er­ing tech­niques. The rest of the col­lec­tions were or­di­nary and pre­dictable, and lacked that ex­tra edge to carry them through to the next level.

Liew bagged the ti­tle of Most Promis­ing De­signer of the Year that night, tak­ing home the RM10,000 prize.

Col­lec­tions by sea­soned de­sign­ers Vil­liam Ooi and New Zealand-based Jimmy Lim took the stage for the Edge Of Sea­son show, ac­cen­tu­at­ing Ja­panese in­flu­ences and fu­tur­is­tic themes.

Ooi’s col­lec­tion tore pages out of the Yo­hji Ya­mamoto or Comme des Garçons style files. The out­fits were mostly monochro­matic, with lots of straps on jack­ets and tops cut with over­hang. Vol­ume was key, fur­ther ex­ag­ger­ated by the oc­ca­sional flaunt­ing of un­flat­ter­ing harem pants.

The lib­eral use of polka dots, stripes, and black and white solids seemed to re­flect Ooi’s at­tempt to cap­ture the at­ten­tion of a more avant garde mar­ket. His clothes would not be out of place in the artis­tic com­munes of London, Paris or Ja­pan.

Lim took the eco-friendly path, us­ing earthy hues on a black and white pal­ette. His mod­els sashayed out car­ry­ing over­sized satchel bags and sling backs, and some of the tops had in­ter­est­ing knot­ted sleeve ends, a style which was also em­ployed for the trousers. A stand­out was a jacket-skirt fu­sion piece with a se­quinned sheer top.

New player Zero to Ten by

de­sign­ers Yap and Peggy Cheong showed im­pres­sive con­struc­tion and obi-belts were put to good use to em­pha­sise the waist. Ap­pliques were used spar­ingly and de­tails like rib­bing helped to de­fine con­tours and sil­hou­ettes.

Gallo by Thien bright­ened the af­ter­noon with colours run­ning the riot – from pur­ple to red as well as a gen­er­ous dose of earthy hues.

Flouncy pants and loose tops were key, and pais­ley-like flo­ral prints, short skirts and bil­lowy shorts fea­tured promi­nently.

The fi­nal col­lec­tion saw the de­but of new la­bel I Luv Wirda by GLAM and Eh! edi­tor-in-chief Wirda Ad­nan. Started by her die-hard fan and now, friend Azliny Ah­mad to re­flect the tastes of Wirda and what she would wear, the gowns were well con­structed, colours were bright with­out be­ing blind­ing and the “younger” de­signs were a nod to a younger Wirda.

Un­der the Bu­mipu­tra De­sign­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (BDA): Gen X seg­ment, six de­sign­ers vied for the top place in the Young De­signer Awards 2010 fi­nals.

Tee Jing Wen started the show with a blend of eth­nic and fu­tur­is­tic, fol­lowed by An­nette Liew, who worked on a can­vas of grey, black and white with splashes of red, re­sult­ing in an im­pres­sive min­i­mal­is­tic style.

Knitwear was Lorenzo Peh’s forte. She put to­gether a quirky and in­ter­est­ing col­lec­tion.

Ar­fian Nazrin had suits meet cock­tail, a col­lec­tion spout­ing de­mure so­phis­ti­ca­tion and flirty fun. In con­trast, Hafiz Hu­saini’s col­lec­tion fell flat with em­bel­lish- ments from last sea­son’s styles and Vin­cent Leong’s re­sort wear was an unattrac­tive com­bi­na­tion of leather and badly cut items.

For the fi­nale, cur­rent de­sign­ers Jef­friey Raffiey and Amir Luq­man from BDA stood out, of­fer­ing a show­ing of feather and bling bling. Favourite Amir Luq­man put on an amaz­ing show by com­bin­ing the tra­di­tional with glit­ter – re­sult­ing in beau­ti­ful sarongs with em­bel­lished sides and ke­bayas with shin­ing skirts.

Lorenzo Peh emerged the win­ner of the Young De­signer Awards, while An­nette Liew and Ar­fian Nazrin were the first and sec­ond run­ners-up re­spec­tively.

Young but sea­soned de­sign­ers from BDA show­cased their lat­est col­lec­tions in Fashion Ob­ses­sion, with bag de­signer Sasha Rowena lit­ter­ing the run­way with her bag ideas, fol­lowed by a col­lec­tion of gowns, mini dresses, sheer kaf­tans and floaty dresses in vi­brant colours by WanPa, Hazree Wahid, Khairi Sufi, Wan Huzairil, Bella, Rico Ri­naldi, Anizam Yu­sof and Amir Luq­man.

Sasha’s con­trast­ing hued clutch bags stood out from a col­lec­tion of leather bags, purses and totes drawn from a pal­ette of jun­gle themed shades.

Hazree went with the glam­our mode of Sex And The City while Khairi, who made it to the top 15 in Project Run­way Malaysia, re­lied on sim­plic­ity for his gowns in strong shades of green, red, blue and black.

Wan Huzairil doesn’t shy away from form-fit­ting cuts and his choice of a songket-in­spired fab­ric lent a chic Malaysian flavour to his cream off-shoul­dered gold-belted gown. Na­bella, who de­signs un­der her la­bel Belle LaBelle, of­fered a pris­tine white col­lec­tion. The duo of Ridzuan Is­mail and Rashid Omar, who make up WanPa, de­liv­ered an un­usual and stun­ning col­lec­tion of short fit­ted dresses of multi-hued fabrics.

A Piala Seri En­don Batik De­sign Com­pe­ti­tion win­ner, Rico Ri­naldi’s pair­ing of a fuddy-duddy tar­tan print with fun flowy chif­fon skirts made a whim­si­cal blend. Black but spunky was the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Anizam Yu­sof’s col­lec­tion – from ruf­fled neck­lines, lay­ered ruf­fles to ex­ag­ger­ated sleeves – all in black.

Clos­ing the evening was Amir Luq­man, with a dreamy col­lec­tion of beau­ti­fully draped short dresses to al­lur­ing evening gowns in earthy tones and metal­lic greys.

Singer-song­writer Ben Folds goes down Lone­lyAv­enue with author Nick Hornby. Amir Luq­man mar­ries the tra­di­tional with bling bling for an amaz­ing col­lec­tion.

Tee Jing Wen blends eth­nic and fu­tur­is­tic.

Syai­ful Ba­harim’s tier dress.

Si­las Liew’s take on out­er­wear.

Ca­sual dress by Kavita Sidhu.

Clean lines from Tengku Syahmi.

(From left) Charm­ing bell-sleeved gown from I Luv Wirda, Datuk Bernard Chan­dran’s two-piece in­spired by the ba­juKedah, baggy top and trousers from Vil­liam Ooi and Nazrin Idris presents a colour­ful col­lec­tion.

Decked out in an out­fit by Jimmy Lim.

Knitwear from Lorenzo Peh.

Ruf­fled sleeve top and shorts from Gallo.

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