Thanks to Dude & The Duchess, I attended the 3pm fashion show on Thursday, 19th June 2014, at Pavilion concorse. This is the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready To Wear 2014 event.
The 3pm slot has six team of talented Malaysian designers, including Jonathan Liang for Dude & The Duchess, Ezzati Amira, Harvee Kok, Justin Chew, Sean Loh for Ophelie and Tengku Syahmi for Tsyahmi.
I have seen the Dude & The Duchess collection by Jonathan Liang during the press preview, and I already know it is beautifully done, but seeing it again on runway just instilled a stronger trust in Jonathan Liang and the team in bringing new dimension for the brand. Bravo for making strong silhouette a come back.
I had the honour to interview Ezzati Amira, Justin Chew and Tengku Syahmi couple of months back. These three strong-minded designers are growing every season, with Justin Chew gaining popularity among the KL brave fashionista. Ezzati showcased a ray of beautiful mysterious floral prints in various feminine silhouette, Justin blasted out his gaming mood with sportswear inspired with graffiti prints, while Tengku Syahmi embarked on a mixture of soft colours and sheer lightness.
Finale of Tsyahmi collection.
Then we have the urban collection by Harvee Kok, the winner from Malaysia in Harper’s Bazaar Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Awards. (His sketches are amazing!) From a glance, pocket and line seems to be the main story. They were everywhere, pockets in different sizes and materials, but mainly overlapping and contrasting against the main piece. The metal beads detailing lined the structure of the outfits. More interestingly, they are absolutely functional and cool. There are pieces that are beautifully crafted, especially the structured outerwear, vests and capes.
My favourite of the 3pm session was from Ophelie by Sean Koh. For your info, Sean Loh was the first runner-up from Malaysia in the very same Harper’s Bazaar Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Awards. I have no objection as to the reason of his fast raising fame. Sean Koh’s collection is clearly inspired by Japanese nature with beautiful cranes as the main symbols. Kimono-style sleeves, thick waist bands and the gold embroidery of cranes are looking very Japanese influenced, but without the copy and paste laziness. Loud as you may think (at first look), but surprisingly, they look extremely calming after a while.
I am actually looking forward for chances to style these interesting collections. Bravo to the new blood of Malaysia. Go forth!
Here is the video:
PS: Another 3pm session later today!