Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2014: Day 4
Cassey Gan's excellent debut collection, Eclipse's new direction and firm favourites Khoon Hooi and Farah Khan
An incredibly strong start for Day 4 with Cassey Gan's debut collection – a line of fresh, sporty shifts and separates that incorporated layered panelling and clever use of print. Fizi Woo followed with a dramatic collection of sequinned gowns, while Hayden Koh gave us a polished series of panelled dresses, each delineated with accents of high shine vinyl, and perfectly paired with Ving Ming shoes. Jimmy Lim's jacquard-heavy show came after, preceding Ruzz Gahara's modern, minimalist take on batik. Zalora wrapped up the 12.30pm slot with black-and-white womenswear.
Singaporean brand Still opened the 3pm segment with a Margot Tenenbaum-inspired line of office-appropriate wear. Jendela KL showed a variety of crisp white shirts, each featuring a coloured printed skull on the back. Ridzuan Bohari followed with a summery, nautical-inspired resort line, and Variante sent evening gowns in lace and metallics down the runway. Finally Carven Ong showcased a range of wildlife-inspired dresses and gowns in black and white, accessoried with dramatic Bremen W headpieces.
One of the big surprises of the day was Eclipse at 5pm – Sonny San showed a Michael Kors-worthy collection of relaxed American sportswear, incorporating boxy-cut outerwear and trousers, teamed with softly tailored leather and knits. There was a series of excellent 90s-style black, backless dresses and a few bold red sequinned numbers.
Khoon Hooi injected some tough girl edge into his usual feminine style with a darkly romantic collection. Models wore body stocking-like lace inners under structured dresses in black, navy and gunmetal. Full skirts and judiciously placed oversized diamante brought the glam factor, and longtime Khoon Hooi fans were kept happy with lustrous fabrics and strategic peplums.
The closing slot was reserved for high-octane glamour expert Farah Khan, who opened her show with a series of statement sweaters, proclaiming such sentiments as 'Asia Rocks' and 'The Future is Emerging' and 'Reach for the Stars'. These were followed by sequins a-plenty in oversized checks and houndstooth patterns, across sweaters, shifts and shorts. But it wouldn't be a Farah Khan show without the styles she's best known for: the intricately sequinned and embellished mini dresses and gowns that have made her a Hollywood favourite. Of these there were plenty, each one more elaborate and envy-inducing than the last, making it a worthy closing show of KLFW 2014's penultimate day.