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Wednesday July 2, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by louisa lim
Glorious in green: Actress Nur Fazura Sharifuddin in InnaiRed for its Hari Raya 2014 campaign.
Be it an ultra feminine kurung or a dazzling kaftan, the selections for Hari Raya this year are created to astound.
As the festive season approaches, the inevitable flurry of invitations means one thing: dress codes that call for modesty and style. While tradition dictates the staying power of a classic kurung and kebaya, one shouldn’t be afraid to experiment wardrobe-wise. Asymmetrical hems, lace, graphic prints, flouro brights, flare sleeves, sequins – it’s all about injecting some glamour into your get up. For a fail-proof fashion solution, pick separates that can help you transition from day to night by allowing you to mix and match.
Still confused about what to wear? Here’s our round-up of the biggest trends to help you on your way.
Don’t fret if your figure’s not hourglass. This Hari Raya, it’s okay to cheat your way to a feminine silhouette. Alia Bastamam and InnaiRed do this with a pretty bow sash, while Melinda Looi and Silas Liew think it’s best to belt that dress. If you opt for the latter, take note: a skinnier, glitter belt à la emel by Melinda Looi is great for a girly effect, but for something edgier, choose a wide corset-style option like Liew and pair it with a geometric dress – another one of this season’s hot trends.
The prettiest flowers stand out this Raya – and by that, we don’t mean just women. As designers obsess over the floral motif, a variety of blossoms burst forth on their clothes. Horticultural highlights include emel by Melinda Looi’s 60s-style bloom-strewn dress and Jovian Mandagie’s gothic reinterpretation of the classic flower on a skirt. The prints come with an ethnic twist too: Radzuan Radziwill gives a whole new meaning to flower power with a Chinese-style dress featuring a riot of colourful petals while the delicate sakuras that creep across Alia Bastamam’s red number make it oh-so-memorable.
Rather than relying on your usual kurung, make those separates work for the festive season. Dynamic pairings include Khoon Hooi’s beaded-blouse-and-maxi-skirt combo and Tsyahmi’s loose, billowy blouse paired with a white skirt. To achieve full sophistication, take a cue from Bernard Chandran with his monochromatic top and bottom – colour blocking optional – or go down the Technicolour route with Mimpikita’s beautiful blue batik-inspired blouse and fuchsia skirt. Not only are these getups more versatile, they’re also more modern.
As the pinnacle of femininity, lace and sheer fabrics make any outfit look romantic and super-sweet. This time, however, the trend is less about seduction and more about sophistication, like Radzuan Radziwill’s sumptuous Ming-coloured frock – in which lace is used on the sleeves – or Jovian Mandagie’s slinky – and very dramatic – black lace number. Lace the colour of emerald takes centre stage in emel by Melinda Looi’s bohemian-inspired dress, and peeks shyly from the sleeves in Khoon Hooi’s pastel-pretty skirt-and-blouse combo. Pick your poison.
Brighter & Bolder
Admit it, there ain’t nothing more eye-catching than a bold, vibrant palette. From Bernard Chandran’s fierce orange kurung – so shimmery that the model needs sunglasses! – to InnaiRed’s eye-popping lime green separates that are beautifully embroidered, designers demonstrate it’s okay to go crazy over colour this season. If dressing top-to-toe in a single shade doesn’t float your boat, take a more creative approach with Mimpikita’s gorgeous geometric dress that’s awash in pop-art tones or Silas Liew’s long, loose caftan featuring a slash of neon on the shoulders.
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