10 Great Malaysian Fashion Designers
Dubbed ‘Malaysia’s Prince of Fashion’, Bernard Chandran is a former student of the prestigious Paris American Academy in France. Clothes are infused with bold colours and draw inspiration from Malaysia’s multicultural influences. The collection is made up of complex, traditional Malaysian costumes with modern touches, as well as contemporary dresses, coats, tights and shoes with traditional embellishments.
Besides being a favourite among local celebrities and members of Malaysian royalty, Bernard Chandran’s creations have also been worn by Hollywood stars like British singer Estelle at the 51st Grammy Awards and Lady Gaga at the 2009 Brit Awards.
Dexter Wong is a brand of menswear, women’s fashions and accessories that fuse crisp cuts and vivid colours. Bridging the gap between more outlandish designers and mainstream styles, in a word Wong’s creations can be called ‘loud’ and have been worn by the likes of David Bowie and Robbie Williams.
Some of the label’s more eccentric and elaborate pieces produced for the catwalks are often adapted to become wearable couture creations. The brand also has a modern, ready-to-wear collection (People’s Market), plus Dexter Wong designs for Lens, an in-store collection for Topman: both lines have more reasonable prices than the couture pieces.
- Location: Top Shop, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall
The Edmund Ser label started out offering made-to-measure women’s office wear, and has since grown into something of a local fashion institution. Through retail and franchising the label has been sold in Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
The brand, launched in 1986, features snappy cuts and modest styles. Ideal for white-collar ladies, colours play a big role in the collection but more importantly, they are made to be comfortable for all-day wear. In 2002, Edmund Ser launched a more affordable alternative label called Spade, which targets a younger clientele with funky designs.
- Location: Suria KLCC or Pavilion KL
Farah Khan’s bright, funky and modern, ready-to-wear designs are meant for sophisticated women on the go: the type of clothes you can pack into your suitcase easily and wear later without fuss. The secret behind their versatility is the type of material used and the intricate embellishments that makes them stand out.
Chic and stylish, these clothes are perfect for parties but they can even be worn to big events like weddings. Each design is named after a famous person, so do not be surprised to find you are wearing a Lopez or Katie dress. Anna Kournikova, Kimora Lee Simmons, Maria Sharapova, Paris Hilton and Rashida Jones are just a few of the celebrities spotted wearing Farah Khan.
House of Toi by Zang Toi
Zang Toi is a Malaysian-born graduate of the Parson’s School of Design – the same place that saw the likes of Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Norman Rockwell and Anna Sui walking through its halls. The House of Toi label was set up in New York in 1989, offering modern dresses, suits and sarongs. Today, the House of Toi’s collection has expanded to include fashion frills such as belts, handbags and shoes.
The label’s smart, stylish party dresses are meant to appeal to women opting for a bold, dramatic and glamorous look. The New York-based designer’s creations have been worn by Hollywood superstars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Longoria, Patti LaBelle and Sharon Stone.
- Location: Lot 10, Great Eastern Mall and Pavilion KL
The designer at the helm of Jendela KL, Faisol Abdullah, is the same man who designed the Nightingale – the world’s most expensive dress (a $30 million silk and taffeta evening gown encrusted with 751 diamonds). Jendela KL’s collection is a celebration of heritage with traditionally-inspired styles that are designed to stand out: batik prints, muted colours and bold patterns feature prominently. Jendela is not just an atelier, but a lifestyle-concept brand with a range of furniture. The brand’s fashion collection is just as suitable to wear for Sunday brunch as for an evening at the theatre.
- Location: Starhill Gallery or Pavilion KL
The Jimmy Choo Ltd label is said to be the last word in the business of high-fashion shoes. Noteworthy for creating stylish designs with sexy cuts and exceptional Italian craftsmanship, Jimmy Choo’s list of past superstar clientele includes Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Kylie Minogue and Madonna. From leather mules, pumps, boots and sling backs to strappy evening sandals and four-inch heels, his pieces sell from between US$1,043 – US$12,019 a pair.
- Location: Level 2, Pavilion KL
Lewre is a Malaysian footwear label with a feminine collection ranging from simple and elegant sling backs to edgy, avant garde peep toe pumps, all done with style and elegance. Lewre has over 90 stores worldwide, and besides stand-alone stores in KL’s shopping malls, the collection can also be seen in major department stores such as Jusco, Parkson Grand, Isetan and Metrojaya.
When William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visited Malaysia a while back, Kate was presented a delicate pair of black lace peep toe heels from Lewre – a testament to the designer’s popularity and appeal.
- Location: Parkson Grand, Pavilion KL
Melinda Looi is a Malaysian designer known for her creations that mix modern and vintage styles and draw inspiration from Malaysia’s rich cultural diversity. The award-winning designer has three collections: a couture line (which uses the finest quality materials such as French lace and silk-chiffon), a ready-to-wear line specialising in evening cocktail dresses and a collection dedicated exclusively to casual wear.
Featuring lots of bohemian flair, Melinda Looi clothes are great for those who want that romantic yet individualistic look. Using a soft colour palette, plenty of intricate embellishments and flowing fabrics, the styles are vintage and romantic. Her list of past clients includes socialites, royalty and Hollywood celebrities such as Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz and Mena Suvari.
Salabianca is a home-grown brand that has managed to turn its quirky, elaborate and fairytale-like collection into a success. Walking into the store is an experience in itself with chandeliers, plush Renaissance-style sofas and bold splashes of colour.
Unafraid to mix and match patterns, and somehow make it work, the clothes are a hotchpotch of styles: some are cute and chic, while others are classic and dreamy. The common denominator is that all have lots of beadwork and embellishments.
Each design can be bought as a stand-alone statement piece – meaning you will never need to buy accessories. The collection is suitable for weddings, a Chinese New Year reunion dinner or even just afternoon tea, plus they are affordable – especially considering the intricate handcrafted patterns, beading and embellishments on each dress.
Where to Find Them?
The best place to find these brands is within the Golden Triangle area, where most of the city’s shopping malls are. Pavilion KL and Starhill Gallery are all about high-end luxury and have the latest collections from international and local designers. In the KL city centre, Suria KLCC, at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers is worth checking out for its mix of both one-off concept boutiques as well as local and designer fashion labels.
Leading Malaysian fashion designers share how they adapted to the new normal
The world of the runway and design atelier, illuminated by bright Klieg lights and glossy media coverage, has lost none of its desire or charm. But in a society that has irrevocably changed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Options speaks to five leading Malaysian designers to find out how things have, likewise, changed — for the work they do as well as the lives they lead.
Hafizi Radzi Woo + Izree Kai Haffiz
Creative director + brand strategic & managing director, Fiziwoo
The Fiziwoo label needs no introduction among style-savvy Malaysians. Established in 2009 by Hafizi Radzi Woo, who was joined two years later by Izree Kai Haffiz, the label has since grown from a two-man show into a fashion atelier to be reckoned with, comprising three main lines — Fiziwoo Artisanal, Fiziwoo Ready-To-Wear (RTW) and the diffusion line, Woofiziwoo.
Celebrated for their cutting-edge strategy and embellished approach to fashion, they are set to open a new bricks-and-mortar store, specialising in RTW, anytime now in KL East Mall, Kuala Lumpur. Speaking about the mad frenzy to adapt to the new normal brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, both heave a long, drawn-out sigh before Kai replies: “We had to change things so quickly and work hard and fast to produce things we had never done before.”
These “things” included fabric face masks, athleisure pieces like jogger pants, T-shirts and tie-dye hoodies, as well as hand-sanitising sprays, all marketed under the Woo Power label. “We went the opposite end of what Fiziwoo is normally known for, which is occasion wear,” laughs Kai, “but we had to adapt quickly, a move crucial for survival. We are happy now though to see events slowly returning to the scene and people wanting to spend on beautiful clothes that make them feel special once more.”
Though their DNA lies very much in bespoke designs that combine a touch of the regal with fine detailing and luxurious fabrics like Moroccan crepe silk and heavy organza, the designers, who are favoured by Malaysian high society for their ability to dress them like goddesses, say their personal look couldn’t be further from the gowns they create. “Comfort is key,” they chorus.
Both practically live in shorts, although Fizi prefers topping it with an oversized tee, and Kai, a sweater. “After living in lockdown, we decided to start getting active — at last! We began spinning in a bid to feel less lethargic as we both gained so much weight,” confesses Kai, who admitted to following all the culinary trends online, such as whipping up Dalgona coffees and even perfecting his chicken curry recipe, which is a firm favourite of Fizi’s.
One major change they have noticed in consumer behaviour, however, is that customers want designs that are simpler now, with emphasis on comfort as well as better value for money. “It makes sense, of course,” says Fizi. It is a shift the brand acknowledges, by directing much of its focus now to RTW. “Our goal is to have RTW contribute 80% to total revenue in due course,” says Kai.
Whatever the market dictates, no one can deny the immense pleasure derived from owning a flattering Fiziwoo creation. Is there one item they would recommend as an investment piece? A classic baju kurung, they answer without hesitation. “It is a staple all Malaysian women should have,” Kai insists. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a fancy one you can wear to a wedding or one that you wear to work. It is evergreen and so very Malaysian, kan?”
Datin Azila Caramella
Managing director, Caramel Fashion Scarves
Fashion has always been Datin Azila Caramella’s forte, long before she established Caramel Fashion Scarves in 2018, whose online success was followed by the opening of a standalone boutique at MyTown Shopping Centre in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, in 2019. Combining both style and savviness, the Universiti Teknologi Mara fashion graduate, a familiar face on the local social circuit, has always found joy in clothing and beautiful things. “Due to Covid-19, I’ve been sticking to easy comfortable, sporty looks. But now that things are picking up and events are slowly making a comeback, I am enjoying dressing up once again — but my way, of course.” ‘Her way’ would invariably mean a blazer, her preferred look when out and about for work, and always, always accented with a chic scarf.
“I consider scarves an essential accessory,” says Azila, who chose to temper her white-hot embellished Balmain jacket for the photo shoot with a soft floral scarf of her own design. “Scarves complete any look and transcend cultures and gender … even men wear scarves. You can wear it around the neck, as a headscarf, tied around your bag or even around the waist. How you choose to style it is completely up to you. Also, for the executive, it offers the perfect finishing touch. It can keep you warm in a cold office or brighten up any meeting while adding a splash of colour.”
This love of the écharpe has led to the successful establishment of her business, the aforementioned Caramel Fashion Scarves, but Azila, ever enterprising, recently teamed up with local fashion doyenne Datuk Seri Dr Farah Khan of the Melium Group, to launch a limited edition of affordable scarves under the Caramel x FK Farah Khan label, targeted at the modern, modest woman and just in time for Hari Raya.
“I consider Farah an old friend and it has been a pleasure working with her on this,” Azila says. “This new range is for everybody. All the scarves are made using a lovely blend of silk-satin and are inspired by six beautiful gardens around the world, including Tuileries, named for the Jardins de Tuileries in Paris; La Mamounia and Majorelle for two stunning gardens in Marrakech, Morocco; and Katsura,” she says, the last referring to the celebrated Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto, one of the finest examples of Japanese architecture and garden design. “I last visited Morocco in 2018, having travelled there as part of a longer cruise holiday,” she sighs. “Now, due to the pandemic, the idea of being able to travel is still a faraway dream. So what do I do? I just put on one of these scarves and transport myself to these beautiful places by way of the collection,” she laughs.
Creative director, Khoon Hooi
You cannot claim to be a Malaysian fashionista if the name Khoon Hooi is unfamiliar to you. Ever since the diminutive but hugely talented designer established his eponymous label in 1999, a mere two years after bagging the top prize at the Asia Young Designer Awards in Japan, women, first in Malaysia and now across the world, have been treated to his unique interpretation of a luxurious yet quintessentially feminine style that revolves around the finest materials, voluminous silhouettes and arresting details.
Even Hollywood has fallen hard for Khoon Hooi’s flair, with actresses such as Zooey Deschanel, Camila Morrone and Ginnifer Goodwin wearing iconic gowns like the Constanza, Catalina and Fabiana to various pre-Covid red carpet events. Songbird Katy Perry famously made a splash in an off-the-shoulder yellow taffeta Mara long-column dress with a dramatic big bow and holographic crystal studs while on her 2019 Jingle Ball tour.
“The world has since changed,” the boyish-looking Khoon Hooi muses somewhat wistfully. “For a designer like me, one of the most affected areas is the purchase of fabric and materials. We can’t see or touch it, and everything has to be done by video calls, so it is hard to judge.” With gorgeous taffeta, dreamy tulle, ostrich feather trimmings, macramé lace and metallic floral brocade all par for the course for the designer, one can imagine his dilemma and frustration when wanting to conjure up couture creations. “Not that there have been many events to wear them too, either,” he says sardonically.
Never one to host or attend a pity party, he has instead thrown himself into adapting with the times. With his talent and great eye, it didn’t take long for him to launch the Khoon Hooi Lifestyle Collection. It offers a full array of beautiful, practical and, most importantly in these uncertain times, affordable items, which range from accessories made using upcycled fabrics (yoga bag, bucket hat, tote bag and fabric face mask) to basic unisex T-shirts made from quality mercerised cotton.
“I specialise in occasion wear but the pandemic has forced me to create things I would normally wear myself on a day-to-day basis,” grins the designer, who practically lives in white tee and black pants combos.
“The pandemic has definitely sucked all the fun out of living,” he goes on, “but I like to see that there is both a negative and positive aspect to the situation. For the first time, we have all had time to pause and reflect … not merely chasing collection after collection. Certainly, I had to switch to a whole new way of thinking but it does have its merits. But even as we have all had to adapt, I am pleased to say that events — and wedding celebrations — are slowly, slowly making a comeback, which I am grateful for as I can then design what I really love to design once more. ”
A statement with which all the society brides and swans out there would wholeheartedly concur, we are sure.
Datuk Seri Dr Farah Khan
President, Melium Group + creative director, Farah Khan
Datuk Seri Dr Farah Khan might be Singapore-born but, after decades of helming luxury retail company The Melium Group out of Malaysia’s capital and establishing her namesake fashion label (all beads, sequins and slinky Southeast Asian sensibilities, perfect in a black-tie environ or while sipping sundowners at Amankila, thank you very much), she deserves her (unchallenged) title as Kuala Lumpur’s first lady of fashion.
Melium celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019, having weathered the ups and downs of economic cycles and a few recessions, but it is not a stretch to say the next decade could be its most challenging yet.
Covid-19 showed no sympathy for the retail sector but the indomitable Farah takes it all in her stride. “At the height of the pandemic, when we were all working from home, I practically lived in loungewear and athleisure,” she confesses. “My preferred WFH look has always been simple T-shirts paired with comfy, yet stylish, Alo Yoga sweats or Pucci silk-jersey trousers. Comfort was what we all needed then. But now that the MCO is over, I have returned to warrior mode! I am now all about Edward Achour, Givenchy and Max Mara jackets, blouses and suits. It’s my armour — it helps me drive the business and get on with things.”
Steering businesses from here on inevitably means harnessing the power of technology to reach consumers who may not wish to venture out as much anymore. “The most important thing in life is the ability to adapt; literally pivot in this case,” she stresses. “We have changed the way we run the business operationally, the way we deal with partners, principals and so on. On the digital front, we launched our e-commerce platform for our outlet business — meliumdesigneroutlet. com — and we are in the process of working on the ShopMelium.com platform that will service our downtown retail operations.”
When we met, Farah was in the middle of seeing to a million things: greeting her A-list clientele who descended in force upon M Pavilion to snap up ex-Ralph Lauren protégé and Cerruti & Cerruti and Tocca design director Samantha Sung’s dresses, all the while playing hostess to key designers who were present to support her pre-Ramadan in-boutique celebration and talk “the business of fashion” with a bevy of editors.
Dressed in a romantic white blouse, sharp black pants adorned with a few flounces for added drama and Roger Vivier, it’s clear, from her “armour”, that she intends to continue doing battle: to win over more fans to Melium’s unique approach to style and shopping, to maintain its position as one of the country’s top retailers no matter how tough the landscape, and to triumph over fashion apathy (or indeed aversion).
Farah has made it effortless, though. Her labels run the gamut, from affordable sweaters under the FK by Farah Khan label which bear jaunty messages like “Create Good Karma” and “No Standing, Only Dancing”, to iconic Gomminos by Tod’s and men’s polo shirts by Hackett London, assuring even the most finicky customer variety in all areas, from price to brand to design style. She does concede, however, that people may have adopted a more cautious stance post-pandemic. Never fazed, she dispenses this bit of advice: “If budget is an issue, simply invest thoughtfully in pieces that will go far in your wardrobe like a beautifully tailored jacket and a classic leather bag.” Classy, as always? There was never any doubt.
This article first appeared on Apr 19, 2021 in The Edge Malaysia.
From KL to the world: Here are the Malaysian fashion designers who have gone global
There’s more to Malaysia’s fashion industry than dressing up the ultra-rich Datins and Datos. Look harder and you’ll find a collection of noteworthy talents with original creations and vision who have made their mark on the globe for both ready-to-wear and haute couture.
From phenomenal on-screen gowns to traditional outfits and award-winning silhouettes, here are some of the top Malaysian designers making a stylish splash in international waters.
Katy Perry wears Khoon Hooi at the 2019 Jingle Ball. Photo: Instagram / @khoonhooi
Perak-born fashion designer Khoon Hooi’s looks have been worn by A-listers like chart-topping American singer Katy Perry during last year’s Jingle Ball concert in Minnesota. The singer wore the brand’s soft yellow, embellished gown from its Spring 2020 collection, featuring a giant bow.
Hollywood actresses Karen Pittman and Ginnifer Goodwin were also decked out in Khoon Hooi’s extravagant gowns for the Golden Globes in January earlier this year.
Khoon Hooi, whose full name is Lee Khoon Hooi, launched his own label in 1999, six years after he graduated from the Malaysian Institute of Art. He spent those years harnessing his fashion skills in competitions, eventually cinching his first award as runner-up for the Malaysian Young Designer Award in 1996.
Carven Ong created the set wardrobe for the film Crazy Rich Asians. Photo: Instagram @carvenong_courture
Remember the luxurious, glittery, tiered wedding dress from the iconic wedding scene in Hollywood’s Crazy Rich Asians? Conceptualized by the movie’s costume designer Mary E Vogt, Malaysian couturier Carven Ong helped bring the legendary wedding gown to life. He also created the bride-to-be’s golden jumpsuit in the bachelorette party scenes.
Ong also designed the national costume for last year’s Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon, showcasing a bold, winged costume inspired by Peranakan culture.
Alia Bastamam showcases her collection at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram @aliabastamamkl
No stranger to the local fashion scene, designer Alia Bastamam scored international acclaim when her Spring/Summer 2020 collection was showcased at last year’s Milan Fashion Week. Her designs featured lush silhouettes and androgynous tones, exuding a sense of dominance.
The designer was also part of the wardrobe selection for Crazy Rich Asians. She won the accolade for Designer of the Year back in 2017 at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week.
The modest womenswear designer created her namesake label back in 2010, after working as a junior designer making custom bridal outfits, under the guidance of Malaysian-Indonesian fashion designer Jovian Mandagie.
Kate Middleton takes an interest in Bernard Chandran’s creations at the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange. Photo: @bernardchandran
Crowned as Malaysia’s “King of Fashion,” Bernard Chandran has seen his dresses on Hollywood’s most prominent celebrities like singers Estelle, Lady Gaga, and LA-based Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh.
Chandran has even showcased his collection to the Duchess of Cambridge at the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange in Buckingham Palace last year. The best part? Kate Middleton displayed a special interest in his outfits. He was also the head judge in 8TV channel’s 2007 installment of Project Runway Malaysia, and a guest judge in Britain’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6.
Chandran graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from The Paris American Academy. He was the first non-European (and first Malaysian) designer to win both the “Open European Contest for Look of the Year 2000” in 1991.
Cassey Gan in her distinguished prints and haute couture face mask. Photo: Instagram @casseygan
At first glance, you’d notice that Cassey Gan’s quirky, print-blocking pieces are one of a kind. Two years ago, Gan made it to London Fashion Week. The innovative designer got a chance to showcase her futuristic, printed brand of clothing with Fashion Scout, one of UK’s largest fashion showcases.
Gan was also featured in the September 2012 edition of Vogue Italia as one of the future’s generation of fashion talents. The following year, Gan established her very own fashion label, featuring outfits in eclectic patterns.
Would you believe that Gan actually completed a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering before she ventured into the fashion industry? She decided to pursue her dreams and eventually graduated from the London College of Fashion in 2012 with a BA in Fashion Design and Technology. Her graduation collection was selected by the college for its external press show.
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10 Fashion Designers You Need to Know in Malaysia
From runways and red carpet to custom-made and ready-to-wear, Malaysian-born fashion designers have proudly made their mark in international high culture fashion industries. Save yourself a trip all the way to Italy or Paris and come to Malaysian flagship stores and get some gala-worthy fashion. Here to help you with finding Southeast Asia’s biggest fashion designers, Culture Trip introduces some of Malaysia’s most premier fashion retailers.
Coming a long way from being an assistant designer for brands such as ISetan, Playboy, and Vior, Khoon Hooi has made a name for himself cementing the ultra-feminine design. With signature romantic streamline looks, Hooi’s wear brings out youthful looks through muted tones, highlighting natural beauty. Specializing in beading and feather embellishments, Hooi masters the art of culminating high fashion with street style and has become a header for the edgy luxurious look. With collections ranging from trendy modern wear to traditional bridal gowns and anywhere in between, express your ladylike silhouettes with a flair of offbeat uniqueness.
Address and Phone Number:
KHOON HOOI, Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia, +60 3-2142 6032
The eponymous “King of Fashion” of Malaysia, Bernard Chandran has reached major media heights, having been chief judge for Project Runway Malaysia and a guest judge on Cycle 6 of Britain’s Next Top Model. Famed for popularizing his own special take on the blending of cultural and luxurious wear, Chandran presents eclectic luxe combined with practicality with almost effortless flair. Curated for the “actively intellectual,” Chandran prides in showcasing strong eastern cultural tones in his creations and seamlessly works in modern embellishments. Wearers will feel elegant portraying infusions both of traditional and urban motifs, and portray a picture of perfect harmony.
Address and Phone Number:
Bernard Chandran Sdn. Bhd., 68, Kuala Lumpur Plaza, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia, +60 3-2145 0534
Although more known as a business woman and the president of The Melium Group, head luxury retailer in Malaysia; Farah Khan also has made international fashion headlines with her penchant for chic on-the-go designs, fashion simply made for travel. Continually dressing the hippest names of the modern era, Khan’s brand boasts hand-sewn beadwork of Asian heritage featured on modern evening wear for women. Dubbed to be of the bold, glamorous nature, Khan keeps alive the intricate art of Southeast Asian bead embroidery and showcases a funky modern tune as she combines the old and the new. The looks produced inspire fierce classical freshness and are sure to make your wardrobe pop.
Address and Phone Number:
Farah Khan, Suria KLCC, Persiaran Petronas, KL, Malaysia, +60 3-2382 0314
A long-time designer hailed for creations accentuating the glamorous features of the feminine figure, Zang Toi is notable for being inspired by and in turn creating iconic Hollywood looks. The first Asian to be featured by Anna Wintour for Vogue in 1990, Toi has gone on to grow his independent atelier to worldwide class, providing looks to numerous icons and royals. Known for exciting runway hallmarks, Toi never fails to present his talent for switching up his designs; each bold and stunning statement piece is inspired by personal favorite films and culture from all over the world. Complete your personal style with having at least one over-the-top glam outfit from the House of Toi’s collections and feel red-carpet or movie-set worthy.
Address and Phone Number:
Zang Toi, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia, +60 3-2144 1976
No fashion list is complete without Jimmy Choo, international or otherwise; and lucky for us, he hails from Penang, Malaysia. An unmistakable trademark of playful, glamor, and signature Italian craftsmanship excellence, Choo has made history by becoming a household name in celebrity dressing and was one of the first major brands to dominate the red carpet. Absolutely chic, the range from classic black sandals to high-end glittery pumps and the notable assortments of handbags and clutches show that Jimmy Choo is the saint of accessorizing anywhere, anytime, for any occasion. No one can claim to be a full-fledged fashionista without owning something from this trendsetter brand.
Address and Phone Number:
Jimmy Choo, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia, +60 3-2141 3999
Moving a lot closer to home, Melinda Looi has established herself as an outstanding designer in the region of Southeast Asia. A penchant for bohemian flavors, Looi utilizes the artistic value of flowing fabrics, soft palettes, and intricate embellishments to create individualistic pieces with a touch of vintage romanticism. She also makes it a point to weave in her roots, adding touches of cultural diversity inspired by Malaysia’s multicultural community. Her style can be best described as somewhat avant-garde, melding fine art with fashion to produce couture feminine clothing glazed in natural motifs. Looi also prides herself in being an eco-friendly campaigner, and has even explored dress-making through 3D printing. Jazz up your collection with some of her one-of-a-kind pieces and revel in the additional cause of green sustainability.
Address and Phone Number:
Melinda Looi Showroom, 131 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, KL, Malaysia, +60 3-2093 2279
Breaking through fashion and art barriers, Pearly Wong succeeds in standing out through her method of basics and staples, reverting to methods of simplicity among the seas of excessive and elaborate. Through careful and strategic construction is her style, Wong makes her mark with collections highlighting the beauty of multifunctional geometric patterns. Sticking to the concept of monochromatic in every way, Wong keeps her pieces genderless in an ethically conscious manner, catering to the androgynous and the non-binary. Even her base color palettes remain subdued, with black being a signature. Also a champion of sustainable fashion, Wong incorporates features of leather, mesh, harnesses, hooks, and zippers in her artistic concepts, creating a trend in minimalism.
One of the few who started off designing menswear, Edmund Ser has evolved to now specialize in creating ensembles for the modern woman. Mastering the sense of professional dressing, Ser pushes forward fashion for the female office-bound clientele. Delicately balancing colorful confidence with clean sophistication, Ser is renowned for providing a dapper tinge to the area of white-collar fashion. Although still mostly based in Malaysia, Ser has risen to the likes of larger brand housings and proudly shares the same roof as many upscale designers in Suria KLCC.
Address and Phone Number:
EDMUNDSER, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia, +60 3-2382 2828
An up and coming young designer, Ezzati Amira brings to life a sense of controlled chaos through simplicity and vintage influences. She describes her style as being glamorous in a comfortable sense, and highlights the utilitarian concept through a non-event-conformist manner. Deriving basic elements of music and arts, her pieces come to as fearlessly modern, and nonconforming to any trend, but striving to be timeless. What could possibly be described as nu-bohemian, Amira’s peculiar tastes have severed well to catapult her into the limelight of easy-to-wear fashion, catering for women who are confident in their own skin or on the road to being.
Think the minimalism of Uniqlo and boldness of Shu Uemura, but stripped of their trendy element. Joe Chia‘s vision is steeped with rebellious undertones, a paradox of the minimalist idea, and flawless effort. His signature monochromatic look is a dissident to the method of seasonal trends and presents itself almost like a glimpse into the blandness of futuristic styles. Chia experiments with the traditionalism of classic urban design and sculpts what he finds into darker overtones, building a strong line of genderless statement pieces. A truly perspective-inducing type of art, Joe Chia is making waves with his deconstructed sense of fashion.
The State Of Malaysian Fashion Industry
The growing global interest in modest fashion is redesigning the fashion power map. New key players emerge in the $44 billion market. A strong contender among them is Malaysia, the only secular Muslim nation in Southeast Asia. Over the past decade, the country has frequently made pop culture news with its prohibition or censorship of performances by the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Ke$ha. A recent change in the country’s political momentum serves as a confidence booster for domestic consumers, which subsequently empowers Malaysian designers to explore their business potential more actively.
Courtesy of Mimpikita
Fashion in Malaysia is influenced by the historical fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian and various other indigenous cultures. Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week, held since the early 2000s, has become a central platform for positioning Malaysia as a thriving emerging fashion capital. With high(er)-income neighbors such as Singapore and Brunei looking to invest and spend some of its resources on style, Kuala Lumpur has many of the right ingredients to succeed in its mission.
Courtesy of Alia Bastamam
What does the future look like to those working to make it a reality? We interviewed three popular Malaysian designers – Nurita Harith, Nurul Zulkifli and Alia Bastamam – to gain an insiders’ perspective on the impact of the global modest fashion trend on Malaysian media, manufacturing, retail, and society-at-large.
Courtesy of Nurita Narith
Since her debut at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week, Nurita Harith has displayed particular talent for sculpting fabrics into forms that accentuate the female body. She credits her time as a fine arts major at the Surrey University of Art in London for investigating the fundamentals of the human body and how curves and edges dictate the resilience and drape of textiles. With the ready-to-wear line reaching new heights, the designer is diving now into made-to-order creations as well to further fuel her innovative vision.
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There is an old saying to describe familial relations: “siblings by blood, friends by choice”. In the case of Mimpikita, it’s literally true as well.
The label, which translates into “our dreams” in Malay, was founded in 2008 by the three Zulkifli sisters: Nurul, Amira and Syahira. Driven by a shared passion for art and architecture, the collections prioritize the essence of Malaysian traditions while employing a sense of modernity in the creative process.
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The Malaysian fashion community enthusiastically embraced a promising talent when Alia Bastamam came onto the scene in 2011. After graduating from Raffles Design School in Kuala Lumpur, the designer sought to create a label with a sensual, sophisticated and feminine identity. Her signature silhouettes quickly captured the hearts of many locals. Mirroring the growth of the domestic fashion industry, the brand has expanded from a luxury atelier into premium ready-to-wear, bespoke and bridal collections.
How would you describe the current state of Malaysian fashion industry?
Nurul Zulkifli: It might not be as big compared to our neighbors, but we are growing and maturing in positive ways. Designers and fashion brands do great designs, but they need retailers to take them on; they need to attract great talents in branding and marketing; manufacturers need to be able to meet the demand. Local fashion events organizers also need to lift their standards to an international level. It takes a lot of stakeholders to work together to create a good ecosystem. It’s definitely not a one (wo)man show.
Alia Bastamam: In the early-2000s, the business was still very elitist. Designers were mostly focused on luxury demi-couture and private clients who only ordered custom garments. Only within a decade the Malaysian fashion industry has grown tremendously. We have new designers entering the market each season with a fresh perspective, bigger fashion week rosters and, most importantly, a booming ready-to-wear segment with online portals such as Zalora and FashionValet encouraging the trends. Malaysia’s fashion industry is fast-running and its growth looks very promising.
Nurita Harith: We have a fashion industry with our own market and sense of style. We do not have the traditional bi-seasonal fashion calendar, but we do have our own fashion week that fits domestic audience.
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One of the key elements of an emerging fashion capital is a flourishing local fashion media scene. How is the Malaysian fashion press doing from a designer’s point of view?
Harith: I was lucky to have started with major support from various magazines that would feature each of our collections, from bridal to ready-to-wear pieces. It also helps when media conducts interviews to get our vision to reach future clientele.
Zulkifli: There has been great support from media featuring us in fashion spreads, attending our shows and providing us with coverage. But it should be more… Local fashion magazines, for example, still have reservations about featuring local brands on the cover! They prefer to major international brands. The thing is, if the Malaysian magazines won’t do it for Malaysian designers, who else will?! We must have faith in our own industry.
Bastamam: The local media has always been a huge supporter of the growth in our fashion industry. Malaysian blogs and social media are on the rise, along with local influencers. On television, there are more and more fashion-related variety and talk shows competing to cover the fashion weeks. GLAM Malaysia is a local magazine that is on par with Malaysian editions of global titles such as Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel and Marie Claire. Their support is unending, equally for the established and young designers.
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In your work, how do you balance modest fashion ethos with Malaysian style traditions and Western influences?
Zulkifli: It is difficult, because Malaysia already is a multiracial, multicultural nation before we consider any Western influences. From our brand’s perspective, we did not envision to champion cultural fashion per se, but we insert Malaysian elements into our designs, because at the end of the day it makes us unique. As a designer, knowing your brand’s aesthetic and the audiences you serve is important for success.
Harith: It is always a tricky task to balance different styles, as you want to sell what’s popular and yet to create a new look. I usually keep it controlled and appealing, not to lose the essence of the brand. With time, clients usually embrace new ideas and get excited about what is next for them.
Bastamam: We have designers who are deeply rooted to tradition in their brand’s image. When I started, I knew I wanted it to design for contemporary women — something that I would wear myself. Malaysian heritage is more evident in my Raya (or Eid) season, where I ensure a modern feel for traditional wear. I translate the Malaysian Baju Kurunginto a variety of looks, such as my signature wrap top with a feminine mermaid-cut skirt or the button-down pajama top with skirt. I also find prints that echo traditional textiles. In my latest ALIA B. Raya 2018 collection, I found tropical prints that give a strong idea of Malaysian Batik. It’s in such things that I try to inject my Malaysian culture without straying too far from the aesthetic that I love to create.
Courtesy of Alia Bastamam
Is the Malaysian fashion industry prepared for growth and global recognition?
Bastamam: Fashion in Malaysia is still young and we can only expect good things. With a surge of new brands the mass market feels quickly saturated, but I’m excited to see designers with a distinct aesthetic cropping up. Online portals are banking on designers, so there is more competition for quality ready-to-wear. However, we are far from international recognition. And it always seems to come at the expense of leaving Malaysia, when I believe recognition should start at home. This is I’m focusing on cementing my base in Kuala Lumpur, updating my showroom and atelier, reviving my bridal line in 2019 and so on.
Harith: We still have a long way to go, but we have been very active in the last few years, which shows our commitment to the growing fashion market and its possibilities.
Zulkifli: The future of the fashion industry in Malaysia looks progressively great. During the past five years we have seen more state-of-the-art shopping malls supporting local brands as their tenants and consignments. In five years, my hope is that we will be as mature as other leading fashion capitals, so that local brands are able to finally expand internationally.
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The next edition of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week takes place in Malaysia in August 2018. Stay tuned for a follow up report on the latest collections and other emerging designers shaping up the future of Malaysian fashion and modest fashion worldwide.
Co-authored with Syahirah Khairuddin, founder and editor-in-chief of White Horse magazine based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
10 Malaysian Fashion Designers To Watch
As Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2014 is just around the corner, we’re highlighting ten designers from the local industry – both emerging and established names whose creations will hit the runways in the next few days. While KLFW 2014 (18 – 22 June) is not open to the public, it is held at the centre of Pavilion KL, so you can see the fun from the first floor.Joe ChiaJoe Chia, award winning Fashion Design graduate from Raffles College of higher Education KL, has come a very long way over the last few years. Creating structured designs in only monochromatic colors and uniquely labeling his collections not according to season but according to Chapters, Joe has rapidly drilled his way as a Malaysian favorite across the globe – being featured in magazines and runways in Asia as well as Europe.Silas LiewSilas Liew, another successful award winning Fashion Design graduate from Raffles College of Higher Education KL, has made his mark in the local fashion industry. With his sleek, trending and memorable collections, Silas is famous for his unorthodox and forward sense of fashion. His money print of US dollars (pictured), was one of his earliest hits. His clothes are now stocked in boutiques such as ALLIEN, Publika.Harvee KokWinner of Harper’s Bazaar Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Awards 2013, Harvee Kok has the zest of wowing an audience with his experimental designs – targeting fabrications and unusual manipulations achieving outstanding and unique cutlines and silhouettes setting himself as well as his designs apart from the crowd. While his clothes aren’t yet available to buy off the rack, he’s a designer to watch.Maatin ShaakirStarting off with designing shoes, Maatin Shakir will be launching his debut clothes collection at KLFW. Fashion Marketing graduate from Raffles College of Higher Education KL, Maatin’s clever approach into the fashion industry has won over several fashion fanatics, publications and fellow designers across the country. His minimalist yet modern shoes are available at his boutique in Empire Damansara.Kittie YiyiKittie Yiyi is famous for her quirky photos, popular taste in fashion and her fashion/travel blog posts. Also from a fashion design background, Kittie Yiyi made her way into the industry from scratch – gaining contacts, popularizing her name through her blog and fun photography and modeling. Now, she is set to launch her label Kittie Yiyi with a debut collection, XOXO, at KLFW 2014. Rumour has it, her designs are just as quirky, fun and unique as she is.Zakwan AnuarOffering a wide range of garments, Zakwan Anuar, a young and rising Fashion Designer hit the local market in the blink of an eye. From ethnic chic, traditional beauty all the way up to modern & sophisticated, Zakwan caters to a growing audience and has yet to disappoint. Every season, models, celebrities and fellow designers are seen stepping out in one of his pieces – so his show at KLFW is sure to draw a crowd.Pearly WongPearly Wong’s rise to the top has been no surprise for many. Graduating in Fashion Design in New York Pearly had co-owned a label called Sara & Pearly with a friend in New York – selling at artist and flea markets while at school. Sustainable fashion has always been her main interest up until this very moment. With plans of taking her eponymous label back to where it all started – New York – Pearly Wong; the label; is working towards fine tuning its aesthetic and extending itself beyond South East Asian shores after taking on KLFW 2014.Jovian MandagieJovian Mandagie is now a household name. Having launched several stores across Kuala Lumpur and showcasing one collection after the other, his feminine fits, modern twists on classic silhouettes and intricate embellishments have gained him a loyal customer base for both haute coutoure and ready-to-wear. He recently launched a collaboration with online store Zalora for Raya 2014.Afiq MohamedPopularised by his custom made pieces and showcases on various runway and fashion events in Malaysia, Afiq began launching seasonal collections under his label, Afiq M, alongside attending to custom orders such as bridal and other special occasion orders. His designs have remained glamorous, sophisticated and delicate over the years and because of his signature and upscale appeal, he’s loved by those with modern and traditional tastes alike.Khoon HooiAfter his completing his course in Fashion Design at the Malaysian Institute of Art in 1993, he was invited to KL to work as an Assistant Fashion Designer for Voir, Playboy and Isetan where doors had opened and opportunities arose. Winning several awards along the way (including the Malaysia International Fashion Award in 2004), Khoon Hooi quickly earned a reputation for straightforward fashion with new street credibility, leading to sky-rocketing sales of ready-to-wear clothes locally and now internationally. He is currently working on his own label, Khoon Hooi.http://rusbankinfo.ru займ на карту срочно без отказа
Malaysian fashion designers unveil their 2020 Raya collections
Because going through a pandemic doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be dressing up for Hari Raya, even if it’s just at home. While it is going to be a rather bizarre moment right now to celebrate Hari Raya with uncertainties looming around our daily life, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be getting ready for the Holy Month and the festive season.
To get you in the mood for Hari Raya, local designers are making sure that you have varied options when it comes to getting your Baju Raya sorted. As most of these collections are available online through their e-commerce platforms, you can easily browse through your favourite pieces and easily adding them to cart. Some also offer ‘virtual appointments’ for custom-made tailoring — especially if you want something specially cut-to-size in time for Raya.
Scroll down and browse through these collections by local Malaysian designers to find the most Insta-worthy ensembles for you and your family in time for Hari Raya.
Image credit: Melinda Looi
Staying true to the country’s rich culture and heritage, Melinda Looi unveils her Magazine Collection comprising a series of traditional Malay garments with a youthful recreation. The materials are perfect for the Malaysian weather, with cool fabric choices like pure cotton mixed with viscose and dobby. Enjoy the lightness of these creations with vibrant joy from the beautiful colours that represent harmonious Malaysia.
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Kebaya is given a modern twist thanks to the creative minds of fashion powerhouse, Fiziwoo. From peplum waists to voluminous shoulders, fishtails and ruffles, the collection comprises various detailing and finishes to get you in the mood for Hari Raya. Enjoy these pieces in calming shades of lavender, teal and dark green.
Image credit: Khoon Hooi
Khoon Hooi pays homage to the traditional baju kebaya with a serenade of romantic pieces in its purest form. From its embroidered details to lace appliqués, the sexy curves and flowing silhouettes, the designer’s latest work is a heritage-inspired piece that can be handed down through generations. Pair these beautiful kebaya tops with colourful sarongs.
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Nurita Harith is known for her attention to details. In her Lebaran Luxe 2020 collection, each design comes with beautiful hand-sewn crystals, billowy lace appliqués and crisp lines to accentuate the beautiful silhouettes in both printed and plain textiles. Her repertoire for the RTW collection includes modern kebab, ikat dresses and elegant baju kurung inspired pieces in colours of corals and jewels.
Image credit: Alia Bastamam x Scha Alyahya
A special collaboration with actress Scha Alyahya, Alia Bastamam’s latest collection for Hari Raya is a stunning composition of dreamy silhouettes that embrace femininity and continued elegance. The designs are simple yet accentuate the beautiful curves of a woman’s body in a timeless fashion. Each piece is made not only for the festive season but for any occasion.
Image credit: Rizman Ruzaini
Rizman Ruzaini fashions a slightly more extravagant style for Lebaran this year with big shoulders, contrasting panelling and voluminous shapes — all reiterated in classic baju kurung silhouettes. It is a more contemporary take on the brand’s Raya collection that’s typically more partial towards traditional shapes.
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Zahirah MacWilson fronts Innai Red’s Raya collection this year. Combining both old and new elements, the pieces can be worn for all occasions beyond the upcoming festivity. Subtle floral motifs are infused in its silhouettes of creamy pastel and rich jewel tones.
This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia KL
Bernard Chandran – Bernard Chandran
Malaysian fashion designer
Dato Shri Bernard Chandran (Tamil: பர்னார்ட் சந்திரன்) (born February 27, 1968) is a Malaysian fashion designer. Chandran used to be known as “Prince of Fashion” Malaysia, but is now called “King of Fashion” Malaysia.
Chandran is also a Malaysian TV presenter. He is known as the head designer of the reality show Project Runway Malaysia since his debut on 8TV on August 3, 2007.
Chandran was a guest judge on UK Show Next Top Model Cycle 6 Episode 12. Three top models were given the opportunity to participate in Chandran’s fashion show during London Fashion Week.
Bernard Chandran was born to Mr. P. Ramachandran and Mrs. Chow Yuk Lin. Bernard Chandran is of both Indian and Chinese descent (commonly referred to as by Kindians in Malaysia). He grew up in an average Malaysian family.His father wanted him to become an accountant, and he almost followed that advice before briefly considering becoming a tobacco grower. He originally studied fashion at a local fashion college known as the International Fashion Training Center (IFTC) in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
While in college, he was known to be shy behind the scenes in front of naked models during his first local college fashion shows. After getting three months after graduation to prove himself, he put on his debut solo show, taking the first steps towards becoming the best designer in Malaysia.Bernard’s father was subdued and helped fund his son’s further education, and Bernard soon landed a position at the prestigious Paris School of Fashion in Paris, France.
In 1991 he joined the “Open European Style of the Year 2000 Competition”. Chandran won and broke the record, becoming the first non-European to win the coveted title. “The competition was grueling,” Bernard grinned. “I am so happy to be the first non-white winner as it proves that Asians are just as good as everyone else.”For his efforts, Chandran received a camera, 19,000 francs, as well as advertisements and contacts that opened the doors.
Chandran is well aware of how important this was to the start of his career. He expressed the opinion that “Everyone should go to fashion school to understand the basics of fashion. Not only to study design, but also the history of fashion. ”
After working in Paris, he returned to Malaysia to open his first store in KL Plaza in 1993.Bernard Chandran’s first haute couture home was a small rented store with a handful of employees in the heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur. From there, he built his client base among Kuala Lumpur’s influencers, from the wealthy to royalty. He has now expanded his store in KL Plaza, covering 4 lots and covering an area of almost 300 square meters. In 2003, he was named Designer of the Year at the Malaysian International Fashion Awards.
Chandran also began introducing his fashion to Europe by opening a boutique in Knightsbridge, London.
His creations are borrowed from Chinese, Malay, Indian and other oriental cultures. He regularly hosts shows around the world, although he does his overseas bands bolder than his Malaysian band. Bernard believes in the importance of creativity, confidence and foresight.
“My inspiration comes from my clients … the way they move, the way they talk, their relationships, their lifestyle. When I first meet a new client, I let her know that I am here to make you look good, ”- Chandran’s favorite designers.are Valentino “… for his femininity and decoration …” and Galliano, who “… has a great spirit.” He admires Hussein Chalayan for his work and how he handled his bankruptcy.
Notably, Estelle wore an azure blue designer dress with exaggerated pointed hips to perform at the 2008 MTV European Music Awards. She also chose to wear two of his signature pieces (one on stage with Kanye West and one for the red carpet) to the 51st Grammy Awards, where she won her first Grammy.
Lady Gaga has also been spotted in Chandran’s collections. She even donned Chandran clothes during an interview with Jay Leno.
British electropop musician Little Boots wears a Chandran dress during an interview for Metro.co.uk.
Rihanna donned a hat from Chandran’s Autumn Winter 09 collection for her famous topless bondage photo shoot for Vogue Italia.
Tori Amos chose a red Chandran dress for the cover of her 2009 holiday album “Midwinter Graces”.Chandran also designed all 15 dresses for her concert tour that year.
In 2020, Chandran launched a line of designer face masks and promoted it in an Instagram post featuring a black face in a yellow mask with Bernard Chandran’s brand and hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on the mask. Netizens accused Chandran of blackface and speculating on the Black Lives Matter movement.
He is married to one of his former models, Datin Mary Lourdes Chandran (Malaysian ethnic Indian).She is a former international model and one of the most successful Malaysian models in the 1980s. Together they have five children.
Dato ‘Chandran is very proud of his Indian heritage and heritage. In his house there are many portraits of himself and his family, dressed in extravagant historical Indian clothes.
Chandran is determined not to spoil his children. This means no branded clothing or frivolous shopping for them to know the price of money. He begins his morning by performing puja (prayers) with his family.He wants his children to adhere to this daily discipline, so that they grow up with a solid set of values and a sense of duty. Chandran wants his children to be based on the Hindu faith.
- He became the first Malaysian to win the “Open European Style of the Year 2000 Competition” in 1991.
- He was named Designer of the Year at the 2003 Malaysian International Fashion Awards.
- He received the respectful, Dato , in 2006 when he was awarded Dato Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) by Sultan Ahmad Shah Sultan Abu Bakar, the Sultan of Pahang, Malaysia.
- Chandran was honored with the Special Achievement Award (MIFA) from Malaysia International Fashion Alliance in 2009.
- He held the honorary title of Dato Shri in 2016 when he was awarded Darjah Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (SSAP) Sultan Ahmad Shah Sultan Abu Bakar, the Sultan of Pahang, Malaysia.
90,000 A fashion show of an Uzbek designer was held in Kuala Lumpur
In g.Kuala Lumpur hosted a fashion show of Uzbek designer
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) – With the assistance of the Uzbek Embassy in Malaysia, on 25-26 November 2019, a number of fashion events were held in Kuala Lumpur with the participation of the talented and promising Uzbek designer Kamola Rustamova, better known as “Azucar Moreno ”, as well as the presentation of the domestic perfume“ Begim ”.
This fashion event took place under the patronage of the famous Malaysian fashion designer Jimmy Choo, who personally invited a representative of our country to take part in the fashion show.Jimmy Choo is a Malaysian footwear designer, one of the trendsetters in global fashion, and the founder of the premium brand Jimmy Choo.
During a series of organized events, a master class was held with the participation of Jimmy Chu for designers from 5 Central Asian states: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, a photo session for famous world glossy magazines, as well as a gala evening “Central Asia Designers Gala” within the framework of which our compatriot Kamola Rustamova presented her new collection “Muñeca” (doll).
The purpose of this fashion event is to promote the culture, traditions and unique flavor of Central Asia among fashion connoisseurs, leaders of the fashion industry in Malaysia, as well as to search for young designers to establish cooperation with the world’s leading fashion houses, in particular, to consider the possibility of creating a joint collection with Jimmy Chu …
As part of the final gala evening, which was attended by more than 300 representatives of the official, business circles and the media, leaders of the fashion industry, celebrities, trendsetters and influencers of Malaysia, the Uzbek designer demonstrated to the guests her collection of clothes and accessories made of traditional national ikat, inspired by bright colors and modern design reflecting the rich heritage, history and culture of the Uzbek people.
In addition, a detailed and visual presentation about the national air carrier Uzbekistan Airways JSC was presented to those present. Also, a “spray campaign” was carried out from the domestic perfumery house “Begim”.
At the end of the show, the management of the Malaysian jewelry company “Rafflesia Pearl” announced its intention to organize a repeated Fashion Show with the participation of Kamola Rustamova in Tashkent, within the framework of the visit of the famous Malaysian chef Chef Wan and numerous members of his fan club to Uzbekistan March 18-27, 2020
At the same time, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Malaysia Ravshan Usmanov invited maestro and fashion guru Jimmy Chu to visit Uzbekistan and announced the intention of Uzbekistan Airways JSC to provide the world famous designer with two free business class tickets for flights of the domestic airline on the route Kuala Lumpur – Tashkent – Kuala Lumpur.
Based on the results of the past events, the following agreements were reached:
– on the possible organization of master classes from Jimmy Chu for Uzbek designers during the Fashion Week in Uzbekistan in 2020-2021.;
– with the management of Parkson Elite, the largest premium-class chain of stores in Malaysia, on considering the possibility of selling clothes and accessories of the Azucar Moreno brand, as well as products of the Uzbek perfume house Begim, on the retail space of this company in Kuala Lumpur ;
– on holding regular events to promote the culinary, cinema and handicraft of Uzbekistan and the Central Asian states in Malaysia with the support of representatives of the business community of the host country.
At the end, guests and participants of the fashion show shared their impressions:
Malaysian fashion designer Jimmy Choo: “Hello. My name is Jimmy Choo. I was very happy to take part in this fashion show, where young and talented designers from Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries took part.
I would like to note that the works of the Uzbek fashion designer embodied the ultramodern and youth style, but at the same time reflected the uniqueness and beauty of Uzbek culture and history, as well as the traditions of your people.
At the same time, I hope that holding such events will serve as a platform for wide acquaintance of the world community with the cultural and historical heritage, and will also give an additional impetus to promoting the tourism potential of your country in Malaysia.
I would also like to emphasize that in the near future we plan to organize similar events with the participation of young Uzbek and Malaysian designers in Uzbekistan, as well as master classes with my participation during the Fashion Week in Tashkent.
Thank you for your attention. See you in beautiful and sunny Uzbekistan. ”
Vinnie Sin, founder and owner of Rafflesia, a Malaysian jewelry company: “Hello. My name is Vinnie Sin. I represent Rafflesia. Fashion show of designers from five Central Asian countries and Malaysia took place today. I want to emphasize that all the works of talented fashion designers reflected the beauty and uniqueness of their culture.
I would like to emphasize that the collection of the Uzbek designer Kamola Rustamova aroused particular interest among representatives of the fashion industry and guests of the gala evening.Clothes and accessories of your young and promising fashion designer were made using national ikat, emphasizing the history and traditions of the Uzbek people, but at the same time reflecting the modern and business image of a woman. ”
Uzbek designer and founder of the Spanish brand “Azucar Moreno” Kamola Rustamova: “Assalomu Aleikum. My name is Kamola Rustamova. A fashion show of Central Asian designers took place today in Kuala Lumpur. The event was organized with the assistance and patronage of renowned Malaysian fashion designer Jimmy Choo.As part of the show, I presented my new collection “Muñeca”, where I used traditional Uzbek fabrics and national patterns.
At the same time, I would like to express my gratitude to the leadership of our country for the comprehensive support of young designers, and for the opportunity to represent and promote our culture and traditions on the world stage. ”
90,000 The most expensive dress in the world and the top 10 creepy expensive outfits
Famous fashion designers and celebrities love to invent luxury goods.Some people create outfits whose cost is shocking. Throughout the history of fashion, overly expensive dresses have been created. In this article, we will figure out which dress is the most expensive in the world.
Which dress is the most expensive
The Nightingale of Kuala Lumpur dress takes the first place in all ratings in terms of cost and luxury. Its creator is Malaysian fashion designer Faisal Abdullah, who presented his creation at a fashion festival in 2009. The cost of the product is $ 30 million .Such a high price is due to its materials and decor. The outfit is made of natural silk and taffeta. It has a long train, many folds of fabric, pleating, strap on one shoulder. The color is deep burgundy. But his main treasure is a scattering of diamonds over the entire surface. In total, it is adorned with 751 precious stones. They vary in size and cost. The most valuable exhibit is a 70-carat pear-shaped diamond that adorns the bodice. The long train is also embroidered with small precious stones.Before demonstrating this outfit, the model had to train for a long time to demonstrate the product in the best possible way.
TOP-10 expensive outfits
$ 17.6 million item . Abaya is the national dress of Muslims. The creator is the English fashion designer Debbie Wingham. Fit:
- small V-neck;
- fitted style;
- long straight skirt;
- strict silhouette;
- long sleeves;
- color: black with red inserts (stripes, flowers).
The decor is of the greatest value: it is adorned with 2 thousand diamonds. Gemstones of several varieties: white, black and rare, the most expensive, red. The designs on the item are embroidered by hand using diamonds and gold threads. The presentation of the luxurious outfit took place at an elite hotel in Dubai in 2013.
$ 12 million wedding dress . The creators are Rene Strauss (designer) and Martin Katz (jeweler). His presentation took place at one of the wedding dress shows in Los Angeles in 2006.Style – “mermaid”: a tight cut, but a flared, not very puffy skirt appears on the knee line. The product has no shoulder straps and is decorated with a long transparent veil. The decor is a scattering of diamonds with a total weight of 150 carats. It is fully decorated: there are a little more of them on the bodice, even the edge of the fabric is decorated with stones, on the skirt there are fewer. This is an exclusive designer model, there is no other such model. Despite the fact that the product is already more than 10 years old, no buyer has yet been found for it.
$ 9M revealing outfit .It is designed in such a way that it looks like a black and white spider web. The product is extremely short, with an open neckline (covers only the most revealing places), opens the sides and arms. Expensive black diamonds are woven into the white threads that make up the entire structure. Nothing is known about the number of stones. The outfit was created by British fashion designer Scott Henshall for model Samantha Mamba. The girl appeared in it on the red carpet of the premiere of the movie “Spider-Man 3” in 2004.
Wedding dress for $ 8.5 million .The creator is the famous fashion designer from Japan Ginza Tanaka. The dress is airy and light. The floor-length skirt is decorated with many feathers. The bodice has a “heart” shape and thin straps. On the sleeves and neckline there is a thin translucent fabric, decorated with a scattering of precious diamonds and rare pearls.
Luxurious black dress for $ 5.6 million . Handcrafted outfit from heavy satin, crepe de Chine and chiffon. The price is explained by the pattern embroidered with gold threads with white diamonds. There are no straps on the garment, there is a peplum, a cape and a large slit on the side, showing the leg from the knee.The weight of the product is 13 kilograms; not everyone can wear it.
Marilyn Monroe dress for $ 4.6 million . One of the most memorable shots with this actress is an excerpt from the movie “The Seven Year Itch.” During this scene, Marilyn stands over a ventilation hatch, it turns on, and her skirt is lifted up. It’s about him. The product has a deep V-neck, pleated skirt below the knee.
$ 1.8 Million Evening Gown . The sale was carried out at an auction (starting bid – 500 thousand dollars).The dress is long and revealing: the shoulders and back are bare, there is a slit just below the hip line that reveals the legs. The black fabric is adorned with an expensive white pattern. The main detail is a silk corset decorated with diamonds (about 2 thousand).
$ 1.6 million Marilyn Monroe outfit . Legendary outfit for the song “Happy Birthday, Mr. President”. The creator is Jean Louis, a fashion designer from the United States. Slim fit silk dress in beige color. The texture of the product shimmers in the light – it is decorated with a scattering of diamonds.
$ 1.5 million red carpet outfit . Dress from the fashion house Armani, in which actress Naomi Watts appeared at the Oscars. Unusual design: fitted cut, metallic gray, open back, avant-garde and asymmetrical décolleté. The texture of the material consists of sequins and diamonds.
Kate Middleton’s wedding dress for 400 thousand dollars . Product with a long (2.7 meters) train and lace decoration on the bodice and sleeves.Fashion designer – Sarah Burton.
90,000 Jimmy Chu was delighted with the collection of Tajik fashion designer Nafisa Imranova
19:14, December 10, 2019 Author: Shirin Rakhmanova, Asia-Plus
Malaysia hosted the Central Asia Designer Fashion Gala, where Tajikistan was represented by a young designer
Kuala Lumpur hosted a gala evening for Central Asia designers in honor of the Central Asia Designer Fashion Gala under the auspices of the world famous couturier, founder of the cult shoe company , Professor Jimmy Chu.
The event was organized by the Malaysian companies “Rafflesia” and “Malaysia Central Asia Business”, in cooperation with the embassies of the countries of Central Asia, accredited in Malaysia. It was attended by famous designers from Malaysia and Central Asian countries: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
Our country was represented by the famous fashion designer Nafisa Imranova at the initiative of the Embassy of Tajikistan in Malaysia, together with the partnership of the AKIKA jewelry house in the person of Director Bakhrom Abdurakhmonov, as well as Director of Tajikistan Fashion Week Tohir Ibragimov.
photo courtesy of Nafisa Imranova
Meeting with Jimmy Choo
During Malaysia Fashion Week, the designer demonstrated her new collection to high fashion fans, made in different craft techniques: suzane, zaminduzi, potour … All of them contain the rich heritage of all regions of Tajikistan.
The collection was created especially for “ Central Asia Designer Fashion Gala “.
According to Nafisa Imranova, 17 people worked on it for two months, since the collection is embroidered entirely by hand.
photo courtesy of Nafisa Imranova
“The jury highly appreciated the works presented by me for their exquisite style. It was very flattering and pleasant for me, but the most important thing is that I finally met with Professor Jimmy Chu, – says the designer. – We, the designers, were all looking forward to this meeting with the fashion legend and were a little nervous. But when Jimmy Choo himself approached, we immediately found a common language with him. He is a man so cheerful, wise, open and humble! He is 71 years old, but he looks 40-45, and it’s not about his appearance, but his energy. “
photo courtesy of Nafisa Imranova
The famous fashion designer told the participants about the creation of his new collection and showed her photos to everyone on the phone. Jimmy Choo also shared professional advice with guest designers.
photo courtesy of Nafisa Imranova
And at the end of the event, he handed each of them a commemorative autographed portrait.
“When he saw my collection on the podium, he really liked it,” says Nafisa Imranova.- And when on the stage we were handed a commemorative portrait with an autograph, he said that my collection illuminated this hall. He liked the brightness, pattern and costume very much. Hearing these words, I was in seventh heaven!
Photograph by Jimmy Chu
Photo courtesy of Nafisa Imranova
And now, when I am at home, remembering our meeting and conversations with Jimmy Chu, I understand that in order to achieve your goals, you need to live them, and understand for whom you are making this collection. You need to feel how women feel in your dress, to feel her soul and you will understand what those women who will stand in line to buy a dress from ZHIWJ want, the one that was created just for her. “
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90,000 Russian Fashion Week starts in Moscow
After a series of major world Fashion Weeks, lovers of designer clothes receive the Russian – Russian Fashion Week for the spring-summer 2009/2010 season.Within seven days – from 17 to 23 October – almost 60 Russian designers, as well as well-known and not so foreign couturiers, will present their collections at RFW.
According to Gazeta.ru , last season the number of participants was reduced from the usual six dozen to four: the impact of the economic crisis affected. The current composition confirms the opinion of the general producer of RFW Alexander Shumsky : financial instability is not a hindrance to active and talented people, they can continue to work fruitfully even in a critical environment.
The Russian Fashion Week schedule includes, as usual, the Day of Foreign Fashion. At the current RFW, it will be the Italian day, on which the defile of the famous brand Costume National and young designers Beequeen and Leitmotiv , as well as their compatriots Gilda Giambra , Andres Caballero , Maurotian Gasperi , Maurotian Gasperi are planned Burani and fashion house Gattinoni . The Italian National Fashion Chamber will come to Moscow almost in full force, however, the lists of participating designers have not yet been finalized; there will definitely be house Roccobarocco .
In addition to “Italians in Russia”, the week will be decorated with performances by designers from America, Asia and Europe: on the first day of the forum, the American model Erin Wasson will be shown, later Sonny Sun – a famous Malaysian fashion designer will perform, then the defile of the already host participation in RFW of the Spanish brand Agatha Ruiz de la Prada .
Belarus at Russian Fashion Week will be represented by two designers at once. Olga Samoshchenko is a permanent participant of RFW. In 2005, her collection became one of the favorites of the week. Olga lives in Minsk, works as a free artist. She never sews for men, and does not recognize the “unisex” style when working with women’s clothing. Elena Tsokalenko – also a Minsker and also one of the regular and beloved guests of RFW. The pret-a-porter fall-winter 2007/08 collection, shown at Moscow Fashion Week in Gostiny Dvor, was included in the top 10 collections of the season according to the Russian Fashion Industry magazine.
As part of RFW, the Fashion Cinema project will be launched: seven films directly related to the world of fashion, indirectly related to it and not at all, will be watched and discussed by viewers with the participants of the Week. Cult films will be shown: “Verushka”, “Spacesuit and Butterfly”, “I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster”, “Allegro”, “Drift”, “Obscene Betty Page” and “Dolls”.
Simultaneously with the start of Fashion Week, the All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art will host the opening ceremony of the project of the first Russian Fashion Museum.The collection of the museum, which will open to the public next year, has about 30 thousand items.
Russian Fashion Week is the only Russian fashion event recognized by the world community and included in the calendar of the largest international fashion weeks. Twice a year RFW defines the main fashion trends, discovers new names and becomes a real cultural and social sensation. Each season, along with iconic designers who have shaped the modern Russian and foreign fashion industry, RFW’s schedule includes young participants who will create the fashion of tomorrow.
Spring-Summer 2009/2010 Show Schedule RFW
Saturday 17 October
16.00 SLAVA ZAITSEV
Sunday 18 October
Monday October 19
Tuesday 20 October
Wednesday 21 October
16.30 Yana Gataullina
October 22, Thursday
17.00 Gilda Giambra
Friday 23 October
Top 10 Best Womens Shoes Designers
A good pair of shoes changes everything: appearance, mood, gait. Especially if a woman is wearing high-heeled shoes from an eminent designer, then she can instantly turn from an office worker into a real princess.Designers from all over the world try to create only elegant, modern, beautiful and comfortable shoes so that a woman always feels comfortable. Let’s get to know those who deserve special attention and honor in this area:
1. Jimmy Choo
Malaysian footwear designer Jimmy Choo became world famous in 1996. Before that, he went to fame for a long time and worked as a cleaner in a shoe factory. Later, he entered the London College of Fashion. The craving and talent for creating shoes from Jimmy appeared from his youthful years and once it bore fruit.In 1988, his work was shown in a famous fashion magazine and immediately attracted public attention. Princess Diana herself praised his work. In shoes from designer Jimmy Choo, the heroines of the TV series “Sex and the City” were shod.
2. Louis Vuitton
World-class French designer and fashion designer. A successful creator of exclusive clothing, bags, accessories and of course shoes. Glory came to him thanks to the manufacture of suitcases. The empress herself and the wife of Napoleon III, Eugene, was his ardent admirer.In 1854, Louis opened his own fashion house in Paris. Today, representative offices of Louis Vuitton are located in more than 53 countries of the world, and his works have been immensely popular for more than a century and a half.
3. Christian Louboutin
French designer and fashion designer known for his exquisite taste in fashion footwear. All of his models are made of lace, rare leather and decorated with Swarovski stones. One of the main features of this designer is the red sole of his shoes.The whole world admires his works, and rich and famous personalities become frequent clients.
4. Walter Steiger
Walter Steiger, a fashion footwear company, began operations in 1932 in New York. They have created a lot of incredibly beautiful and exclusive shoes from unusual materials and unusual shapes. The company, named after its founder, has collaborated and collaborates with many fashion designers around the world, such as Ungaro, Nina Ricci, Calvin Klein, Claude Montana, Oscar de la Renta, and others.Walter Steiger shoes are always beautiful, stylish, expensive and incredibly fashionable.
5. Stuart Weitzman
American designer Stuart Weitzman is often called a “shoemaker-jeweler” and not by accident. After all, all his works are a real work of art, decorated with a large number of precious stones. With shoes from this famous designer, you will always feel like a star on the red carpet. Today, representative offices of his company are open in 45 countries of the world and are incredibly popular among businessmen, politicians and show business stars.
6. Brian Atwood
Despite his young age, this American designer is a very famous and creative person. In 2001, he created his own label, under which incredibly beautiful and fashionable shoes are created and under which dozens of representative offices work all over the world. Atwood is actively invited to cooperation in European countries, in particular, in Milan, he worked on the creation of accessories from the company “Gianni Versace”. In shoes from this designer, women will always look slim, sexy and charming.
7. Manolo Blahnik
Spanish designer Manolo Blahnik became known all over the world not only thanks to the creation of the fashion company of the same name, but also thanks to the TV series “Sex and the City”, where the heroines often walked in the shoes he created. Design Basics, Blahnik studied in Paris. In 1970, he moved to work in London and opened his first fashion shoe store there. Later, another store of this designer was opened in New York. Manolo Blahnik collaborates with many of the world’s renowned designers, and his shoes are overwhelmingly popular with the rich and famous.
8. Alexander McQueen
Despite his short life, the English designer and fashion designer Alexander McQueen managed to earn incredible fame and the highest marks of fashion critics. His shoes, first of all, are known for being very unusual, extravagant and defiant. It is no coincidence that freak singer Lady Gaga was one of McQueen’s muses. He skillfully combines tradition with experimentation, as seen in his superb collections.
9. Miu Miu
Having earned great fame in the fashion industry, the Italian designer and fashion designer Miuccia Prada did not stop there, namely, on the creation of exclusive and beautiful leather accessories and bags.She actively launched the production of an equally stylish and unusual line of clothing and footwear. In 1993, she launched a brand called Miu Miu, after the nickname she was given as a child. The collection of this brand is more designed for the younger generation. She is bright, colorful and funny, but at the same time, very intelligent.
10. Russell and Bromley
The history of the British company “Russell & Bromley”, named after its founders, began in 1873 and since then continues to maintain its image in the fashion industry.They produce unrivaled, highly stylish and trendy footwear for all ages. Russell and Bromley were named “the king of moccasins” after their shoes adorned the leg of the famous American TV presenter and model Alexa Chung, who is rightfully recognized as a style icon.
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Islamic Fashion Festival 2011: Malaysian International Fashion Week
The annual Islamic Fashion Festival (14.-18.11.2011).
This is the third Islamic Fashion Festival in three years since its inception. The event is a resounding success in the cosmopolitan cities of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Dubai (UAE). More than 180 designers from different religions and cultures took part in the Festival of High Islamic Fashion.
Bright fabrics and original color combinations in clothes, a wide range of dynamic styles and designer interpretations of dress codes, taking into account the Islamic principle of modesty – 60 designers from all over the world of various ethnic and religious backgrounds presented their models at the Malaysian International Fashion Week! Including: Indonesian designer Paul Robb, Australian designer Amalina Amana, Malaysian fashion designer Abang Saufi.
It should be noted that High Islamic Fashion is a relatively new phenomenon. It is no coincidence that Malaysia has become the venue for this Islamic Fashion Festival: local residents prefer bright colors, which gives fashion designers the opportunity to discover new facets in the strict attire of religious Muslim women, the so-called exotic “oriental charm” – the main trend of Islamic fashion in 2011.
The objectives of the Islamic Fashion Festival remain unchanged:
• popularization of Islamic haute couture around the world,
• drawing attention to the Muslim faith as a progressive religion and a viable modern way of life,
• bright show and celebration for all connoisseurs of fashion and beauty,
Source: 2011 © “FranchExpert.ru” Islamic Fashion 2011: Malaysian International Fashion Week.