Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2014: Day 5
Justin Yap's geometric evening wear, Max Mark's ice-cream shifts, Jovian Mandagie's collection duo and Tom Abang Saufi by Iman's stellar show
The final day of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week opened with a definite summer holiday atmosphere. Guests were relaxed, the vibe was laid-back and River Island kicked things off with plenty of brights, prints and beach-worthy pieces. In sharp contrast then to the next show, Jasmi Rejab, who showed a collection in black and white (if you're wondering, yes, black and white has been a recurring theme throughout KLFW). There was deconstructed tailoring aplenty, not without a few peekaboo flashes of flesh to keep things interesting. Following was Justin Yap, who's made a name for himself in thoughtful, flattering evening wear. This time he went for a geometric take on tailoring in muted, autumnal shades, collaborating with Nelissa Hilman on some very covetable strappy heels.
From there things jumped in the other direction with Max Mak, who showed an aggressively pretty collection of sheer tops and ice cream coloured shifts and skirts, topped with oversized bow neckties. And then another abrupt shift to the punk stylings of Pearly Wong, who sent her models out in outerwear bristling with zips, lots of leather, and sky-high platforms reminiscent of the Spice Girls in their heyday. Then came Sandra Azwan, with a multitude of colour blocked minidresses in the vein of Art Deco stained glass.
The 3pm segment opened with A.L.L.I.E.N, who went heavy on the black and the capes (again - there were many, many capes at KLFW) and also popped in a surprisingly pretty black dress covered in appliquéd white roses. Rico Rinaldi showed a collection that played with textures, relaxed silhouettes and bejewelled embellishment on full skirts.
The crowd loved Wanpa's playful show that came next, with blocks of the audience sporting 'WANPA' emblazoned snapbacks. There was fringing, cutouts, interesting textural combinations and also, of course, Bambi. The biggest applause was reserved for Mimpikita though - the Zulkifli sisters sent out pastel iced fancies by way of sweet sheer blouses and full skirts in macaron-worthy colours.
The 5pm slot started with PU3 who played with silhouette, colours and interesting head pieces from Bremen W Millinery. When Our Eyes Met followed with a heavily punk-influenced line of denims and sheers. Syaiful Baharim gave props to the eighties with exaggerated shoulders, embellished trousers and flouncy hems.
In contrast, Jovian Mandagie kept things firmly in the present with his fun and flirty sporty looks. The designer showed two lines – he opened with Collection Uno; dresses of peach, baby blue and white dominated and styling was kept fresh, minimal and modern. Embellishment was deftly done; judiciously placed crystals glimmered on exaggerated hems, lace appliqués gave texture to shift dresses and netting appeared on jumper necklines and sleeves. Things took a dramatic turn with his second line, Boho Raya which was full of full-skirted gothic gowns in black and gold with intricate lacework, statement details and big, big bows.
Tom Abang Saufi by Iman was the penultimate show. Attention-grabbing contrasting batik prints, subtly sexy floor-length dresses, puffball skirts (in batik, natch) and sheer trains over vivid caftans held the attention of the crowd. The first collection by the renowned designer's daughter, Iman presented a highly covetable collection full of youth and vivacity.
Kavita Kaur closed the week's proceedings with her unapologetically feminine collection, Luxe Metallica, which shimmered and glimmered as models slinked down the runway in body-skimming dresses and bold, boho prints.