Of med­leys and mul­ti­forms

The re­cent Kuala Lumpur Fash­ion Week (KLFW) kicked off with di­verse de­signs in a melange of talent, style and cre­ativ­ity.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STYLE - Sto­ries by BERVIN CHEONG, NA­DINE FER­NAN­DEZ and LOUISA LIM star2@thes­tar.com.my

THE Kuala Lumpur Fash­ion Week Ready To Wear 2014 pa­rade opened with de­sign­ers that pre­sented a mix of dif­fer­ent aes­thet­ics. While some fo­cused on more tra­di­tional as­pects, oth­ers pushed the bound­aries of con­tem­po­rary style.

Amongst the high­lights were lo­cal de­sign­ers Joe Chia, Si­las Liew and Radzuan Radzi­will, plus re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tives like Thai­land’s Sleep­ing Pills and In­done­sia’s Ghea Pang­gabean.

Chia sent out a collection that had the el­e­ment of func­tion­al­ity as its core in­spi­ra­tion. A take on easyto-wear men’s streetwear were ob­served in struc­ture­less jack­ets, tu­nics and trousers, all in a pal­ette of grey and black.

Liew had more of a fem­i­nine feel to his de­signs. Soft forms abound in sim­ple, yet pretty, sheath dresses and other sep­a­rates. He also pre­sented beau­ti­ful hand-painted car­ries that were cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with bag de­signer Shen­ton White.

In Radzuan’s looks, there seemed to be a strong nod to clas­sic op­u­lence. He paired sump­tu­ous prints with the ex­trav­a­gant use of lace in a form of at­trac­tive em­bel­lish­ments to his var­ied de­signs.

Sleep­ing Pills and Pang­gabean were at the op­pos­ing ends of a spec­trum. The for­mer had a con­cept de­rived from Bangkok’s mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture, and the lat­ter paid trib­ute to In­done­sia’s eth­nic tex­tile her­itage. ON the sec­ond night of KLFW, Sy­omir Izwa, Nu­rita Harith, Amir Luq­man and Alia Bastamam did not dis­ap­point.

Sy­omir fea­tured a funky re­sort wear collection. From floor length hal­ter neck dresses in neu­tral hues of black, white and tan, to sheer pan­elled skirts, tops and dresses, to vividly coloured strap­less jump­suits in pink and or­ange, it was fun and flirty the whole way through.

Nu­rita show­cased a range of nue­tral hues of beige, olive green, navy and tan on chif­fon, silk or­ganza and satin. Crop tops over pen­cil skirts, peplum hemmed mini dresses, vo­lu­mi­nous maxi skirts and capes were among the sil­hou­ettes seen on the cat­walk.

Amir’s collection was a lot more risque. Most en­sem­bles were sheer mini, midi or maxi dresses with ei­ther a bikini or strap­less tube dress as the un­der­lay. Lace was a ma­jor com­po­nent in var­i­ous colours of black, red, or­ange and navy mak­ing it a great collection for a sexy beach get­away.

Alia’s show was di­vided into two with her Alia B collection open­ing her show. Stylish and chic, it was a range of sporty luxe day­wear with lots of black jersey and grey crepe that left the power to be dressed up or down to the per­son who wears it.

The Alia Bastamam main collection was more glam­orous, sexy and el­e­gant with cock­tail dresses, two­piece evening out­fits and gowns sweep­ing the stage. State­ment pieces fea­tured lace, leather, satin, se­quins and chif­fon in black and white with a bronze and gold jacquard fab­ric.

Sy­omir Izwa’s fab­u­lous strap­less

gown in black fea­tured a bright or­ange ban­deau with a hot pink obi


Radzuan Radzi­will paired sump­tu­ous prints with the ex­trav­a­gant use of lace.

a nod to tra­di­tional el­e­ments of

eth­nic fash­ion by Ghea Pang­gabean.

de­mure with a whole side of lace — this was one of the more sub­tle en­sem­bles from amir Luq­man dur­ing KLFW.

Sleep­ing Pills show­cased a blend of sim­ple and sharp forms.

Si­las Liew sent out de­signs that seemed al­most ef­fort­less in their soft beauty.

a min­i­mal­ist aes­thetic was re­flected in Joe Chia’s clothes.

nu­rita Harith’s classy and chic take on a crop top and pen­cil skirt.

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