Fashion

Published: Wednesday June 25, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday June 25, 2014 MYT 9:17:41 AM

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week: Of medleys and multiforms

A minimalist aesthetic was reflected in Joe Chia's clothes.

A minimalist aesthetic was reflected in Joe Chia's clothes.

The recent Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW) kicked off with diverse designs in a melange of talent, style and creativity.

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready To Wear 2014 parade opened with designers that presented a mix of different aesthetics. While some focused on more traditional aspects, others pushed the boundaries of contemporary style.

Among the highlights were local designers Joe Chia, Silas Liew and Radzuan Radziwill, plus regional representatives like Thailand’s Sleeping Pills and Indonesia’s Ghea Panggabean.

Chia sent out a collection that had the element of functionality as its core inspiration. A take on easy-to-wear men’s streetwear were observed in structureless jackets, tunics and trousers, all in a palette of grey and black.

A nod to traditional elements of ethnic fashion by Ghea Panggabean.
A nod to traditional elements of ethnic fashion by Ghea Panggabean. 

A soft, demure look by Radzuan Radziwill.
A soft, demure look by Radzuan Radziwill.
Silas Liew sent out designs that seemed almost effortless in their soft beauty.
Silas Liew sent out designs that seemed almost effortless in their soft beauty.
Sleeping Pills showcased a blend of simple and sharp forms.
Sleeping Pills showcased a blend of simple and sharp forms.

Liew had more of a feminine feel to his designs. Soft forms abound in simple, yet pretty, sheath dresses and other separates. He also presented beautiful hand-painted carries that were created in collaboration with bag designer Shenton White.

In Radzuan’s looks, there seemed to be a strong nod to classic opulence. He paired sumptuous prints with the extravagant use of lace in a form of attractive embellishments to his varied designs.

Sleeping Pills and Panggabean were at the opposing ends of a spectrum. The former had a concept derived from Bangkok’s modern architecture, and the latter paid tribute to Indonesia’s ethnic textile heritage.

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Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready To Wear, 2014, KLFW, Joe Chia, Silas Liew, Radzuan Radziwill, Ghea Panggabean, Sleeping Pills

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