Feeling stuck in your old routine? Escaping to a new scenery may help rejuvenate your spirit and refresh your mind. It doesn't matter where you want to go. Whether you prefer to be enamoured by nature's beauty or immerse yourself in city life, taking a break will benefit your well-being. In some cases, maybe spending a few days in another nearby neighbourhood can be enough. For your inspiration, ahead are some places of solace members of the Clozette Community retreat to.
When you think of Raya, what come to mind are long sleeves and flowy skirts, high collars and intricate batik patterns. The finest of Malaysia’s local designers have turned that train of thought right around to bring you updated silhouettes, subtle colour palettes, and sparkling embellishments on the runway this year at Zaloraya 2019. Ahead, the highlights of the show.
3thelabel kicked off the show with combinations of blush pink and buttercup yellow. Models sashayed down the runway in a variety of silhouettes to suit the modern woman. Major love was shown for Ezzati Amira’s collection featuring Japanese-inspired designs — kimono-style tops and sleek skirts — done in shades of seafoam green and champagne with leafy prints reminiscent of cranes taking flight. More may be more, but some things are better done in muted colours and luxurious fabrics.
Aside from the pleasing colours that came down the runway, we also noticed an abundance of prints adorning the garments. Afiq M brought out some unique looks amidst the more sedate pieces in his collection, drawing the eye with kaftan tops cinched at the waist, accentuated with eye-catching nature-themed prints. Tom Abang Saufi also wowed us with flowing kaftans and kurung Kedah featuring contrasting geometric prints on vivid yellows, blues, reds, and oranges.
The Yadotsa show was a delight, with every piece carrying just the right amount of softness to exude a light feminine aura. Our favourites were the Calla and the Jules kurung, both in updated styles that we’d love to own. Syaiful Baharim left a mark on our hearts with his flawless draping, managing to flatter a woman’s shape while maintaining her modesty and creating an air of elegance with warmer tones of purple, rosewood pink, and magenta.
Spring is in the air with Petra and Justin Yap designs blossoming with fresh florals and foliage in earthy tones. Justin takes a more contemporary approach with two-piece outfits that you can wear as separates, and Petra took inspiration from interior wall art of old palaces, lending a regal air to their glossy, magazine-worthy pieces, and adding a touch of whimsy with delicate polka-dotted mesh.
Forget understated; it’s time to go big or go home with an outfit from Zalia and dazzle your guests as you welcome them into your home this festive season. We’re talking gorgeously embellished tops that shimmer with every movement and sleeves that sparkle from shoulder to wrist. Lubna closed the show with sequinned stunners paired with matching skirts that catch the light from every angle, making you the undoubted belle of the ball.
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Fashion wasn't Josie Natori's first love; surprisingly, it was corporate finance. After a thriving career at Wall Street, Natori wanted to search for another challenge to conquer. She considered many ventures before making a bold move to settle in the fashion territory. Her strategy was to showcase the Asian aesthetics she grew up with and add a touch of Western inspiration to create a unique and distinct style. The design philosophy proved to be successful. For over 40 years now, this has been the core identity of the Natori brand.
Fill in the blank: I’m an entrepreneur, a fashion designer and ____________. Tell us more about your transition from corporate finance to fashion design?
As someone who’s been in the fashion industry for a long time, what would you say are timeless trends or pieces that every woman should own?
No matter what era or decade, there is always an appreciation for artisanship and craftsmanship which are the main codes of Natori. The quality of the print, embellishments and distinctive shapes are all important factors that must be considered.
Your brand is known for its "East-West" mix. Where do you usually get your ideas when it comes to conceptualising your pieces?
It’s a lifetime of collecting artful objects and textiles from my international travels. I love art and believe in living in it and wearing it!
What collection of yours is your personal favourite and why?
I love all my various collections. I need them all.
What are your biggest challenges as a fashion designer and how do you overcome them?
In terms of fashion, the main challenge was that I had no formal education nor advisors when I was first getting into the business. I learned on the job, made mistakes and learned from them.
What’s next for Josie Natori?
The best is yet to come. We are going on our 42nd year and working very hard to evolve and transform the company to be relevant to the next generation. With our brands, Josie Natori, Natori, N Natori and Josie, we are on the way to building each brand into true lifestyle brands that encompass apparel, home, accessories.
This interview was edited for brevity and clarity.