It started out with hairclips. Now, we're seeing more and more sporting them in their bags. What are they? Beads. It's safe to say that the beaded bag trend is back. This classic design helps punctuate outfits and give them a more elegant and vintage vibe (think Lana Del Rey). We're definitely onboard. Keep scrolling to bless your day with inspirational style ideas from the Clozette Community.
Style meets sustainability
Named after the Filipino word for fabric, Tela is the newest sustainable brand in town. It's designed by 19-year-old Alyssa Lagon, daughter to the forces behind popular Filipino fashion brand BAYO. "For BAYO, since everything is done in-house, I could see first-hand the textile scraps that are produced every year," Alyssa shares. "I thought to myself, 'What can I do to transform this waste into something useful?' And that's where the idea of creating a sustainable brand — which is now Tela — came to mind."
Alyssa Lagon, Owner of Tela
From the first step to the finishing touches, Tela's vision is to cultivate a mindful connection between the makers and buyers by engaging local craftsmen, through their partner, the BAYO Foundation. Excess fabrics from BAYO and other affiliate brands are donated to the foundation and is forwarded to weaving communities like the one in Argao, Cebu via ANTHILL Fabrics. Once these scraps are made into useable woven fabrics, BAYO Foundation buys them back and sells them to fashion brands. Thus, a cycle of sustainability is fostered.
Another daring move that Tela makes in the name of sustainable fashion is its decision to steer clear of buttons and zippers, which can add to environmental waste. When asked what could be done to fasten the dress and shape it to the body, Alyssa says, "We designed the pieces to fit the bodice through the use of adjustable fabric straps which you can tighten."
Tela uses adjustable straps instead of zippers and buttons
Tela kickstarts their debut with three collections: Refresh (spotlights natural fibres), Revive (highlights traditional weaving), and Renew (special upcycled pieces made from fabric scraps).
Pieces from the refresh collection are sleek and made from natural fibres
The revive collection showcases the art of traditional Filipino weaving
The renew collection are made from production scraps that are given new life
Aside from producing chic minimalist clothing, Tela also puts thought into the little things like its hang tags, which are made of mint seed paper that you can plant.
Read more about the sustainable fashion movement in Southeast Asia here.
It’s that time of year again where Kuala Lumpur — and the world — gear up to admire the latest pieces carefully curated and showcased by Malaysia's fashion powerhouses and up-and-coming stars. This year, expect to see over 80 designers showcasing their latest creations at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur’s Centre Court. Plus, some special collaborations. Here are just some of the few things to expect at the 2019 Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week.
KL fashion week celebrates its 7th year with designs to symbolise the number 7 in various languages
Fashion x Innovation
Lexus partners with Alia Bastamam, one of Malaysia’s most loved designers to deliver a stunning show based on their brand philosophy “ Anticipate. Innovative. Captivate.” The theme coincides with Alia’s consistency and persistence throughout her journey as a designer.
Meanwhile, HP, the official notebook partner for 2019, has partnered with three designers to highlight their creative journeys with the HP Spectre x360, which offers superior design, leading security and enhanced performance, highlighting how magic is made when fashion meets technology.
Fashion x Beauty
Look forward to not only fashion trends but beauty looks to cop because Shiseido will be a part of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week for the first time as the official makeup sponsor, bringing with them a visionary range of cosmetics from their newly relaunched Shiseido makeup line.
Panasonic sets foot in the KL fashion scene for the first time, too, in their 101 years in the industry as the official hair and garment care sponsor, powering the hair and makeup stations backstage with their innovative products.
Fashion x Heritage
The founder of KL Fashion Week, Andrew Tan, has been a guiding hand in bringing batik to the forefront of fashion, pushing it to be appreciated and celebrated hand-in-hand with upscale fashion through the Fashion Forward Batik initiative. Malaysia’s leading feminine care brand Kotex also plays a part in this movement by bringing to life the designs in their limited-edition Batik range that were created by marginalised female artisans on the runway.
KLFW Founder Andrew Tan sharing what's new for the shows this year during the media launch
Additionally, an exhibition displaying Malaysia’s iconic textile fabrics such as Tenun Pahang Diraja, Royal Terengganu Songket and Batik Kelantan, called Thread of Heritage will be available for public viewing from 14 August to 2 September, in conjunction with our national month to spread awareness on the appreciation of local fabrics and craftsmanship.
Fashion x Sustainability
One of this year’s focal points is sustainable fashion. Get excited for 13 young designers who are bringing a new perspective into the scene, aligning with the development goals of Airasia, Commonwealth Fashion Council of UK, and the United Nations. Indulge in an array of thoughtful pieces that place emphasis on ethical fashion and mindfulness.
Catch a glimpse of the glamour at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2019 between the 21 and 25 August 2019 at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Centre Court.
Learn more about it here.