The new cool

Dude & The duchess launches high-fash­ion cap­sule col­lec­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a Paris-based malaysian de­signer.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STYLE - By BERVIN CHEONG star2@thes­tar.com.my

IF you are look­ing for a more min­i­mal­is­tic and edgy style, the lat­est col­lec­tion from Dude & The Duchess is just the thing for you. The homegrown la­bel has un­veiled a cap­sule re­lease of street chic wom­enswear – de­signed by Malaysian de­signer Jonathan Liang, who is cur­rently based in Paris.

Named D&D x JL, it is de­scribed to be a col­lec­tion of ac­ces­si­ble high fash­ion styles. It prom­ises mod­ern day women com­pre­hen­sive looks, with a range of pulled to­gether es­sen­tials that can tran­si­tion from day to night.

“The col­lec­tion cel­e­brates what ev­ery woman has in her: beauty and that edge fac­tor without even hav­ing to try. It’s all about a pol­ished at­ti­tude with a street vibe,” com­ments 25year-old Liang.

This is the first col­lab­o­ra­tion for Dude & The Duchess since its found­ing in 2008. The la­bel be­lieves in sup­port­ing like-minded tal­ent, and found the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort to be a per­fect fit.

A state­ment from Dude & The Duchess reads: “Liang’s de­signs and style res­onate with (our) brand’s be­lief in good tai­lor­ing and con­struc­tion, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to qual­ity and at­ten­tion to de­tail.”

Liang is said to have drawn in­spi­ra­tion from el­e­ments of flora and fauna adapt­ing to their en­vi­ron­ment – cam­ou­flaged in­sects, for ex­am­ple. The de­signs stay true to Liang’s style that is both min­i­mal­ist yet wear­able, with clean sil­hou­ettes and strong cuts.

D&D x JL also high­lights Liang’s sig­na­ture use of mixed fab­rics and tex­tures. As such, the col­lec­tion res­onates with a so­phis­ti­cated style, but yet holds an edge and ver­sa­til­ity that suits the “rebel” within a woman. Made in Malaysia and Italy, the de­signs are pro­duced in limited quan­ti­ties. They also fea­ture min­i­mal stitch­ing, which are all hid­den to create a sleeker fin­ish, with a colour pal­ette that ranges from monochromes and pas­tels, to other bold shades.

Some stand­out pieces in­clude a flared ki­mono top with a pe­plum effect and pen­cil skirt with silk or­ganza de­tail­ing, as well a printed T-shirt fea­tur­ing an orig­i­nal il­lus­tra­tion cap­tur­ing the essence of na­ture by French artist Anne Nouchka.

De­scribed to be the pièce de ré­sis­tance of the col­lec­tion are some shift dresses and crop tops, which come with del­i­cate lace work, bead­ing and fab­ri­ca­tion.

A stun­ning gown with a high neck­line and a low ruf­fled back is a key high-fash­ion piece as well.

The D&D x JL Cap­sule Col­lec­tion re­tails from RM209 to RM899 and is stocked at Dude & The Duchess stores in Bangsar Vil­lage II and Pub­lika Mall (KL), and on its e-store (dude­andthe­duchess.com). It will also be avail­able at Spring­sioux in le Marais, Paris.

Stylish syn­ergy: Liang’s de­signs and style res­onate with the dude & The duchess’ be­lief in good tai­lor­ing and con­struc­tion.

Liang says his col­lec­tion ‘cel­e­brates what ev­ery woman has in her: beauty and that edge fac­tor without even hav­ing to try’.

The colour story ranges from pas­tels and monochromes, to other vi­brant shades.

a stun­ning gown with a high neck­line and a low ruf­fled back is a key high-fash­ion piece.

Fawn em­broi­dered

Shift dress.

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