Let's say you have a glamorous evening ball coming up, for which you need to dress and look absolutely stunning. Why settle on boring black dresses when you can command all attention in an evening dress in the brightest and most luscious colours?
A prime example would be designer Carven Ong’s latest creations. The couturier, renowned for creating clothes that personify elegance, has produced an awe-inspiring eveningwear collection.
“The reason why my eveningwear collection is so colourful this time is because I was inspired by the colours and exotic elements of India and Nepal,” says Ong. “I want to celebrate their mysticism and vibrancy.” To ensure that these elements were conveyed, Ong imported a lot of materials from India such as chiffon, silk and organza, and incorporated corals and topaz into his designs.
Although the evening dresses are indeed attention-grabbing via their colours, Ong has ensured that they are also comfortable and wearable.
“The designs and cuts are flattering while most of the gowns are layered in chiffon,” adds Ong.
Last year, Ong – together with his entrepreneur partner Melvin Lam – opened Carven Ong Couture and Wedding Specialist in Lot 10 shopping centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Due to encouraging response to the Lot 10 boutique, Ong and Lam have opened another store, this time in the second phase of 1-Utama shopping centre in Petaling Jaya. Called Carven Ong Couture at Tai Tai, the boutique is complemented by a café called Tai Tai, which offers home-cooked Chinese food.
“We see the potential in this second store,” explains Lam. “It continues our philosophy of providing elegant eveningwear and wedding gowns as well as bridal services.”
Where dress designs are concerned, there are numerous looks to choose from. After all, Ong’s creativity knows no boundaries, and he is constantly striving to create outfits that exude elegance, sophistication and contemporary classic.
Ong, whose favourite designer is, not surprisingly, Vera Wang, is known to set a high benchmark for himself. Thus customers are ensured of fine, detailed workmanship, and precision in cut and tailoring.
“Where wedding gowns are concerned, they come in classic clean lines with a fusion of traditional details for the modern brides to match their personalities,” enthuses Ong. “There is uniqueness in every gown and the bride’s individuality is preserved.”
Fabrics are of utmost importance. “I use a lot of silk, organza, matt satin and lace in shades of champagne, beige and muted gold with a touch of handmade flowers and embroidery,” says Ong. “It’s all very simple and streamlined to keep the look fresh and elegant.” He also emphasises sharp, slimming silhouettes that flatter the figure.
Now with two boutiques in the Klang Valley, Carven Ong will enable more evening belles and blushing brides to dress their beautiful best.
Besides making women looking stunning, Ong is a believer in charity. On Sept 25, Ong will be participating at the “Arts for All” Charity Carnival held at the Indoor Arena of Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort, Kuala Lumpur. He is showcasing part of his couture collection featuring contemporary design motifs drawn by well-known Chinese artist C.N. Liew who is inspired by Zen in his artwork. This showcase is part of a star-studded event, which sees Malaysian celebrities and socialites helping to raise funds to build a community centre for Ti-Ritana Welfare Society.
Carven Ong Couture at Tai Tai opens this Sunday; it is located at Lot G333, Ground Floor of 1-Utama (new wing), Petaling Jaya.