WHEN it comes to cutting-edge local couture, Melinda Loois name isnt a new one.
Her grandiose, individualistic and sometimes mind-boggling styles have graced both catwalks and cocktail parties.
Looi recently launched a younger, hipper and more casual line called Mell, showcased recently by the finalists of the Heineken Thirst Asia Final.
In line with the brands colours, the outfits incorporated bright green whether on an entire garment or on details like cuffs or a brooch.
The clothes are made up of various fabrics, especially knit cotton and they are easy to wear and comfortable.
There are loose-fitting cut-off T-shirts, shorter cargo pants, a host of different tabs and accessories.
The finalists were treated to a fitting session at Loois boutique in Bangsar shortly after arriving in KL, with The Thirst Asia Finals held the same night.
The six finalists were Andrew Padula, DJ Yin, DJ Small, DJ Oatawa, DJ Kolor One and DJ Yashima.
The youthful Melinda Looi played host to the deejays, who found temporary respite from the sultry afternoon heat.
Australias Andrew Padula was the most animated of them, trying on different outfits and raving over most of them.
Do you have any shops in Australia, he asked Looi and was a little disappointed when told she did not.
The DJ brigade then explored the length and breadth of the beautiful outlet, which was a spacious house in Jalan Maarof converted into a boutique.
DJ Yin, one of the two finalists from Hong Kong, chose a red T that read Who is Mell?, while Singapores DJ Small chose a nondescript off-white top.
DJ Oatawa and DJ Kolor One, who form the two-man act that won the Thailand Found@Thirst, were busy darting in and out of changing rooms, trying different outfits.
Both were ecstatic, and still surprised to be at the Thirst Asia finals.
We are not resident deejays at any place; we were just spinning for fun, said DJ Kolor One.
Deejay Yashima who does not speak English, communicated through a friend who spoke English.
It was his first visit to Malaysia, albeit a short one, and that he would like to return. The weather though was a bit too hot for him.
The afternoon ended with each leaving with bags of trendy togs of different designs, and all of them wore that familiar smile of a satisfied shopper.
All the clothes were worn on the night of the Heineken Thirst Asia finals.