Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Celebrate Hari Raya in style

Glorious in green: Actress Nur Fazura Sharifuddin in InnaiRed for its Hari Raya 2014 campaign.

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.

(L-R) Silas Liew, Innai Red, Melinda Looi, Alia Bastamam

Clinch It

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.

(L-R) Innai Red, Radzuan Radziwill, Melinda Looi, Alia Bastamam, Jovian Mandagie

Mixed Bouquet

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.

(L-R) Bernard Chandran, Mimpikita, Tsyahmi

Sweet Separates

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.

(L-R) Jovian Mandagie, Khoon Hooi, Radzuan Radziwill, Melinda Looi

Lacy Business

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.

(L-R) Silas Liew, Bernard Chandran, Mimpikita, Innai Red

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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