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Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2014: Day 1

Some surprises from UITM8 students and an impeccable showing from KLFW frontrunners Joe Chia and Silas Liew

By Anucyia Victor | Published: 19 Jun 2014

KLFW14: Day One
Photo: Spiel Chow

The show started off with a bang with the UITM8 students showing great promise with their respective lines. Three names to take note of: Fiq Farhan with his unique take on abstract geometrical prints, Safira Syukri who juxtaposed stripes with polka dots and tweed to great effect and Zaimi Zulkafli whose fluid silk belted dresses were paired with half gloves.

Big hitters Joe Chiaand Silas Liew didn't disappoint; Joe's avant-garde streak was in clear evidence and there was an almost theatrical Louis Vuitton-esque feel to the show, with male models striding out in ornate headdresses to the beat of the gamelan and Chinese drums. But if anyone could have topped Joe, it would have to be Silas Liew's surprisingly sexy sporty-slouchy collection. Pared down to clean simple lines, Silas's mastery of fabric is second to none, clearly evident in the Raffles Institute graduate's precisely tailored and yet relaxed silhouettes in floaty fabrics.

Kittie Yiyi literally played with fashion; pink-wigged models pranced down in oversized polka dots, dungarees, top-to-toe sheer tartan (yes, it works) and a bang-on-trend cream duster coat with oversized appliqué bumblebees. One of our designers to watch, Maatin Shakir worked a palette of creams, navy blues and print, the latter which was used to great effect in a cape dress.

Afiq M amped up the sexiness with slinky dresses which showed off acres of leg and drew audible sighs of appreciation from the crowd. Indonesia's Ghea Panggabean was the penultimate show and her collection of silks, songkets and batiks showed just how wonderfully well traditional prints and fabrics work with modern designs. It was an impeccable collection. The show closed with veteran Malaysian designer Razduan Radziwill who played it safe with his signature looks in print and lace. 

All in all it it was great kick-off to the week, showcasing the formidable talents of up-and-coming Malaysian designers.


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