Same runway, different year. Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week is showing no signs of slowing down. Into its sixth year of fashion action, KL Fashion Week 2018 was, once again, a lavish showcase of style on and off the runway. A star-studded crowd lined the FROW (i.e. front row) while models strutted down an all-too-familiar KLFW stage at Pavilion KL, wearing trends that we’ll be sporting on the streets in the season to come.
Alia Bastamam; Syomirizwa Gupta; Tarik Jeans
Casual with a tinge of glamour — there were plenty of resort wear styles on the runway, but only a few stood out. Alia Bastamam served up a sensual lineup of ultra-luxe pieces that reflects the label’s DNA of relaxed sophistication. Syomirizwa Gupta played up the safari playsuit with a fun, printed two-piece number. Tarik Jeans made a regular bath towel wrapped around the head look acceptable on the streets with a two-toned halter neck, white shorts and a killer attitude.
Nerdunit; Supercrew; JTNC by Justin Chew
The streetwear vibes were strong at Nerdunit, Supercrew and JTNC by Justin Chew, but it was the accessories that cemented their “hypebeast” title. Nerdunit debuted a vest bag — a cross between a vest and a bag — while Supercrew showed off a “now-classic” fanny pack that features compartments of varying sizes. JTNC by Justin Chew presented a new way of wearing the fanny pack: simply sling it over your neck like a necklace. Without a doubt, it takes a certain street cred to pull off the body bag look. No harm giving it a sling, but we say do it at your own risk.
Azura Azwa; MimpiKita; Min Luna x Fashionvalet
Pastel shades can be equal parts delicate and sharp. Azura Azwa went for simple but elegant pastel jewel tones paired with their well-known turban headwear. MimpiKita featured a celebratory collection to honour the label’s 10th anniversary this year, with models strutting down founder and designer Nurul Zulkifli’s memory lane in soft pastels and delicate fabrics against prints and extravagant styling. Celebrity stylist Min Luna’s first clothing line in collaboration with Fashionvalet celebrated diversity and inclusivity — a much older female model sashayed down the runway in a sugary-tone tailored suit.
Fiziwoo; Arared; Farah Khan
Refined but refreshing, this fashion week saw a myriad of regal looks fit for fashion royalty. Inspired by the Hundred Flowers Movement of China’s Mao era in the 50s, Fiziwoo called out a conflicted time with captivatingly structured looks created with multiple layers of billowy, sheer fabrics. The role of monarchy lives on through the intricacy of the embellished floral motifs and luxurious materials. Arared’s flouncy midi skirt is an obvious choice for a royal occasion, while Farah Khan’s signature style of detailed embellishments would be a sure-hit among a flamboyant crowd.
Neonate; Ezuwan Ismail; Innai Red
Fashion goes full circle once again with sartorial revivals of past eras. Neonate brought back nostalgia closer to home with Malaysian references of the older days. Ezuwan Ismail proved that fashion can be fun and a little less boring with a retro pop-art tribute to multi-talented Malaysian legend P.Ramlee and singer-actress extraordinaire Saloma. As if to honour fashion in its entirety — past and present — Innai Red closed KLFW with a throwback Stardust collection of the blinged-out heydays of Studio 54.