Mar­riage of cul­tures

Malaysian fash­ion de­signer works with Ja­panese ar­ti­san to present new de­signs for Raya.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Trends - – Bervin Cheong

RICO Ri­naldi and Tomita Senko­gei have put their heads to­gether to come up with a ready-to-wear Aidil­fitri col­lec­tion. The Sum­mer­aya de­signs com­bine ex­quis­ite Ja­panese fab­rics with de­mure, flowy forms.

Ri­naldi is a Malaysian de­signer known for his metic­u­lous work­man­ship and love for de­tail­ing. Senko­gei, on the other hand, is a highly re­spected Ja­panese ar­ti­san spe­cial­is­ing in tra­di­tional ki­mono fab­rics.

Ri­naldi was ap­par­ently in­trigued at how clas­sic and iconic sil­hou­ettes would look like when made us­ing those fab­rics. The re­sult is a fu­sion of aes­thet­ics – or rather, a mar­riage of cul­tures.

This is Ri­naldi’s sec­ond Hari Raya col­lec­tion with Senko­gei; the first of­fer­ing was ready-to-wear. The col­lec­tion is avail­able in-store at Ise­tan Ja­pan un­til the end of June.

Cre­ative pieces made us­ing tra­di­tional ki­mono fab­rics. — Pho­tos: Rico Ri­naldi

Pas­tel colours and and drap­ing sleeves make for a stylish and wear­able look.

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