Friday, 3pm, Menswear time.
None of the cool creation by the designers mean a thing, if the organiser cannot control the PR companies who had no care about the seated audience just to cater to their late guests. Yes, during the 3pm menswear show on last Friday, which by unofficial ‘Malaysian Time’ everyone would understand if you were ‘kind of’ late. But not for a formal event when everyone else is seated and the show has started fifteen minutes ago. I had at least twenty people passed by in front of me, standing next to or in front of me, or accidentally stepped on me, all during the forty minutes show.
I cannot comprehend this situation. Naturally I was irritated. If you cannot stop people from being late, nor (due to PR reasons) you can keep them out of the door, then at least you should have a dedicated area for the late comers to stand (not sit please) and watch the show.
It cannot be my fault when I was excited on a particular look, and immediately being blocked by asses. (Well, not unless I was seated at the Front Row, which will probably take a while for me to get there. But that’s beside the point) So with my half-blocked view and half-pissed off self, let’s talk about the 3pm show.
Celio by Zalora was about casual outfit, and yes, things you can get on Zalora. Basic polo tees and cargo pants the guys will need everyday, but with plenty of choices out there too.
Comoddity, (thank you for the invitation) is a young label from a young designer, who holds a full-time job and is not afraid to tell you so. How about that. Designer Vincent Siow showcased a collection of bright lines and starry patterns on basic pieces, with couple of striking metallic outerwear to juice up the story. Coincidently, I was wearing my metallic Miista heels that day. Would have look awesome with the Comoddity jacket!
New to the scene and armed with enthusiasm, Vincent Siow is hoping to cater for the urban male out there. Except the first few checked pieces that did not quite fit in, the rest of the collection was pretty intact, and looks very transatlantic. Injected with couple of highlighter while playing cool on the rest. Vincent knows how to balance things. Long way to go but nonetheless a very good start for his runway presentation.
Next up is Freedom by Eric Choong, which clearly stole the show from the rest of the guys. For me, Eric Choong has always been on top of his game. This time with birdies and butterflies on top of the models’ head and sleeping on the flip-flop that strongly symbolises freedom, the collection is clean and zen like. Loose jackets, lightweight materials, floral prints and no fuss pieces all come to create a harmony collection so different from the rest. What a welcoming act in this unbelievably hot weather!
Fairuz Ramdan jumped out of the proper tone of suit and showcased a dozen of tropical styles with lightweight transparent tops. Casually related to batik prints, we saw models decking comfortable and colorful pieces on the runway, while each holding a gift for the audience, given out via a swing of arm throw. Not especially loud, it is subtle and very Malaysian.
Quhji had a strong collection out last Friday. Well curated and nicely done pieces that fits a 007 movie for all the different undercover jobs Mr. Bond has to show off. Swimming between the grey area of colour palette, the colour range of this collection is notably appealing to me. There is this sand-white marble looking tone that could be many things for a man’s wardrobe.
Tempatan Black went for the casual city boy look, from hoodies, bomber jackets, above-the-knee pants to casual suits, just grab the entire collection and you will be done. It is cruise time.
As a big fan of menswear, I am looking forward for stronger Malaysian menswear designers and their shows. Still a far cry from the designers of our neighbouring countries, Malaysia menswear has a long way to go, and that can only be good news. I think what is lack of, is a sense of belonging, and an ability to think deeper. Though fashion has always being seen as something on the outside, yet only with deep understanding of a subject can the collection be done right. When I saw Eric Choong’s collection on Friday, I saw a long and thoughtful process. Not just putting pieces that will impress the crowd. How do you translate the thoughts into real thing? It is then about the skills you should already possessed as a designer.
It is with pride and joy we see the growth in womenswear, leaping from copycat and hilarious finishing to sophisticated understanding of complicated techniques and well planned collections. We longed for more Khoon Hooi and Rizalman. And that is especially true for the menswear. For me, menswear is such a challenging field compared to womenswear, it is really incredible if it is done right. KL Fashion Week Ready-To-Wear 2014 sees a ray of light for fans like me.
*Pictures courtesy of KLFW FB Page & fz.com