34 FASHION INSIDER: IN HER ELEMENT
WITH HER MOD REP AND BUBBLY PERSONALITY, MIN LUNA HAS BEEN ON THE FASHION RADAR FOR A WHILE NOW, EVEN MORE AFTER SHE LAUNCHED HER ‘NOT FRAGILE’ COLLECTION, A FASHIONVALET COLLAB WHICH DEBUTED AT THE RECENT KUALA LUMPUR FASHION WEEK. NABILA AZLAN FINDS OUT
Get up close and personal with celebrity stylist Min Luna and discover her take on fashion.
FEMALE: What sparked your interest in styling?
Min Luna: “Believe it or not, I never considered myself trendy at the start of my career. Only when I became part of an editorial team did my passion for styling take off. Dressing up girls who are covered taught me how various brands out there make things work in front of the camera. I wanted to help personalities look good so that they can focus on their jobs (and not worry about their appearances) and I loved every part of it!”
F: What do you think is the biggest misconception that people have about being a fashion stylist in Malaysia? M: “People have always thought that my job is glamorous and easy but it really isn’t. I worked really hard to get where I am and being creative is just the start of it all. A stylist needs to be organised and focused, and shouldn’t be easily influenced by people, especially when others comment on their work. It doesn’t stop there. At the same time, we have to be the people’s people too in order to pass fashion-related messages across.”
F: If you had the chance to dress anyone, who would it be and why?
M: “It’ll be Lady Gaga! Despite having people call her a crazy fashionista, she never ran away from these controversies. I’ll never forget the part where she steps out in a 2D Comme des Garçons ‘dress-on-a-dress’ concoction – it’s genius and empowering!”
F: How would you describe your personal style?
M: “I’m not much of a trend follower. I always try to keep things simple yet unexpected, and I’ll throw in a lot of colours when it comes to styling myself.”
F: Besides your day job, you’re also the brains behind Norma and the Gila Fashion Podcast! How do you do it all? M: “I have an awesome support system – my family members and the people I see every day. Also, you can get cool fashion cues just by watching movies!”
I’m not much of a trend follower. – MIN LUNA
F: What would a five-minute shot of looking fab entail? M: “For me, putting on a biker jacket is the way to go – I often wear mine with a tutu skirt or latex pants. If you’re not in the biker jacket mood, cinch your waist instead! It’s a trick that can work with any build.”
F: What are your plans for the future?
M: “I’ve got a few things up my sleeves but you’d have to wait for the full reveal. Also, watch out for my collab with Magnum ice cream – the brand’s new ice cream designs are curated by yours truly!”