Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2014: Day 2
A strong showing from Malaysia's brightest young designers, including Sean Loh and Jonathan Liang for the brand new dude & the duchess
If day one was a good start, day two more than upheld the standard of this year's Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week. The 3pm segment was a showcase of Malaysia's brightest, most promising young designers, starting with possibly the most anticipated show of the day: the dude & the duchess reboot, helmed by new creative director Jonathan Liang. Sheer panelling, geometrically layered proportions and flashes of colour were signature Jonathan Liang touches, and made just about office appropriate via some pencil skirts and little cropped skirts.
Ezzati Amira followed up on last year's runway debut with a collection that combined soft tailoring and sportier outerwear. Then came Harvee Kok with a play on boxy silhouettes, exaggerated proportions and many, many oversized pockets. Justin Chew came next with a modern take on nineties hip hop style, collaborating with local graffiti artist Nestwo on scrawling prints best demonstrated on a playful peplum coordinate set.
Ophélie by Sean Loh stood out with its strong silhouettes and dramatic use of black and gold. Gold embroidered cranes on a floor-length coat? Yes please. Slouchy leather trousers paired with a sharp peaked shoulder jacket? Yes and yes.
Tsyahmi wrapped up the 3pm slot with a far-ranging collection, starting with a Jamboo Tie Dye collaboration that saw lime green tie-dye used on duster coats and shifts. The looks then transitioned into nineties-style slips and then again into layered white-on-white ensembles.
For All by Villiam Ooi opened the 5pm shows with a beautifully wearable, monochromatic collection. Villiam took up the white-on-white baton, delivering sporty but complex layered looks before moving into jailbird stripes on separates and one very covetable full skirt. Zero to Ten went mad for midi skirts, pairing them with boxy tops and retro sunglasses. Then Zakwan Anuar went fully normcore with oversized sweatshirts, severe tailoring and plenty of brown.
Crowd favourite Syomir Izwa showed a collection full of resort brights and full skirts. Nurita Harith followed up with a typically romantic line of feminine separates in a cloudy metallic silver-pink jacquard, and capes. So many capes. Silver capes, navy capes, bronze capes, and some great pencil skirts in between. Amir Luqman closed the 7pm slot with an emotional 10-year anniversary showcase of ever-more dramatic lace gowns, many of which were completely sheer.
Finally Alia Bastamam closed the day with a very special show – one that revealed her brand new ready-to-wear line Alia B. The designer took her signature romantic style and turned it a little more rock and roll, with leather and lace, cut outs and plenty of black. Then came the full Alia Bastamam line, keeping her beautifully draped lounge and eveningwear in laces, silks and tulles. It was a gorgeous show, and a fitting closer for a day of very strong collections. Roll on, day three!