KLFW 2017 : Cassey Gan

The inspiration behind Casey Gan’s 2017 RTW collection comes from the concept of how memories are constructed; some are forgotten, some are vivd, and details change with time, all are multi-layered. The use of layering mesh over prints, and the exploration of texture are metaphors for the complexity of memories in our minds.

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One of her fondest memories are the days when she was in a marching band in primary school, so the the military-inspired band costume was a huge inspiration to her design. 

I’m just so amazed by how Casey’s mind works, how she is able to express her vision through fashion in such an intelligent and creative  way,

 Vivy was decked in Cassey Gan's Runway piece. 

Vivy was decked in Cassey Gan's Runway piece. 

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KLFW 2017 : Best of Day Two

Day two was also filled with collections that showcase WOMEN EMPOWERMENT and in part two, I have narrowed down my favourites.

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The madness continues! Izzy and I had a full day on day two, and a crazy thing has happened to me! I lost my voice! I felt gutted about it honestly, but at least I still have pair of good eyes to appreciate the beauties strutting down the runway. Phew #counteveryblessing! 

 

Thavia

Looking at my favorite pieces from the collection makes me feel like this is what every modern woman wants to be.

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Nigel Chia

A whimsical collection. Who would have thought bug print could be elegant? Ladies, lets get quirky! 

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Ana Abu

Ana Abu can do no wrong, and this time, her use of bold colors, red, as well as the subtle details on the back.

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Ghaania

Rough - Its about the empowerment of women. Ghaania’s rough collection is definitely trying to make a statement with their daring use of design elements, mixing hard and soft details, much like how women are seen today.

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MimpiKita

As usual, their use of bold and strong colors The vibe, the music, the collection was all on point. The details, the color choices, were so bold and fun,and the embellishments were in the right places.

The collection felt like a departure from the previous collections, while still maintaining soft colors and strong design language, and you can see the playfulness that was put into the pieces as well. I struggle to choose a favorite from this collection, it should be its own post in the future.

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KLFW 2017 : Day Two Favourites

The madness has started! Izzy and I had a full day on day two, and a crazy thing has happened to me! I lost my voice! I felt gutted about it honestly, but at least I still have pair of good eyes to appreciate the beauties strutting down the runway. Phew #counteveryblessing! 

Day two was filled with interesting and quirky pieces and it was a huge struggle to pick favourites! Here is part one of what I like.

Maslea 

Suraya really knows how to do minimalistic design while being impactful. These are staple pieces that still turn heads. I can imagine wearing them on my next travel! 

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JN by Jiuan Ng

Jiuan is all about the classic look, but always taking it to the next level, and this year she was more brave in using color and texture in her collection

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Zaime Zulkafli

There are a lot of things going in with his designs, but it all ended up being a fun and very innovative collection.

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3 by Justin / Syomir and Nurita

A collaborative effort between Justin Yap, Syomir Izwa Gupta, and Nurita Harith. As shown in Project Runway, teamwork can make or break a collection, and in this case, the collaboration between the 3 designers made for an extraordinary collection.

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Nabil Volkers

He makes street wear very high end, and makes me even more fascinated with hip hop culture.

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Laguna Sydney

He knows how to do resort wear, but at the same time, knows how to mix textures, from lace, to fringe, to sequins. It was also fun to see the transition of colors in his collection as well.

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KLFW 2017 : #IAMHOMEGROWN

Day one of Kuala Lumpur Fashion week 2017 kicks off with Fashionvalet’s #IAMHOMEGROWN show.

It is about celebrating Malaysia’s homegrown talent across multiple industries, from aviation, to food, to fashion, and entertainment. As a non-malaysian it is inspiring to see the nation appreciates its people, and realizes how they have contributed to the country’s identity and economic diversity.

I am very happy that there is a growing appreciation in the Brunei's creative industries by big corporations and with continued support, who knows how far it will take us. 

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Let’s get into the fashion show; this was a showcase of the new line of streetwear by Fashionvalet, with the slogan #IAMHOMEGROWN meant to make a statement of Malaysian pride. The show was also presented very well in thanks to Min Luna’s styling of the pieces.

Here are my favorites from her styling:

1. Street Glam

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I love how she paired the sequin dress with tights, and what was interesting is how one side was made short, while the other kept the slogan visible. Tying the sweater around Shikin’s waist gave it a sporty vibe.

2. That cool kid 

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This has that 90s inspiration, where the shirt was made into a crop top, and the use of metallic pink makes her look a girl you want to hangout with.

3. The Edgy grecian

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Finally the edgy grecian look and abit of grunge, where she made use of the lined short skirt to pair the red velvet dress with the long sleeve shirt.

Do take a look at Fashionvalet's #IAMHOMEGROWN collection and up your street style game with a good basic.

ARE YOU HOME GROWN?

KLFW 2017 : Fashion Week Essentials

The madness of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2017 is just around the corner along with its parties, shows, meetings, appointments, and obligatory OOTDs! Taking inspiration from my previous post on Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, here are my essentials to survive KLFW.

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Statement Block heels

I’ll be running around from show to show, and block heels are a good balance of dressing to impress while being comfortable.

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Laneige Sun Cushion

Your makeup game must be on, and this cushion acts as a perfect base while still protecting your skin against the hot KL sun

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trenchcoat for rainy days

KL weather is unpredictable, and if it rains, I have to ensure that I stay ootd-ready

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Cool Shades

Perfect for hiding raccoon eyes from long nights, and shades complete the look, rain or shine.

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Photographer

For your ootds, and taking pictures of the show, while I update my instagram stories, lucky I married one!

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Jamu Tun Teja

You want to be at your best throughout the day, so this is a life saver that not only boosts your energy, but also takes care of your well being.

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Water

It's KL. Nuff said

What are your Fashion Week Survival Kit? 

 

 

Malaysia Tourism: Kiehl's Wall Mural in Malacca

Whether you’re looking for street art or an OOTD wall, this vibrant painted mural must be part of your collection!

 

As a celebration of Malaysia’s rich heritage, Kiehl’s actually made their own mural in Jonker Street, with the help of an artist named @fritilldea. The brand launched the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE TRAIL last year aimed to bring awareness on the 5 UNESCO world heritage sites in the country. 

 

Malacca, known for its historical splendor and rich multicultural society, is part of the five sites. The city had started this river art project as a way to beautify the city, and yet still maintains their old-world charm.

 

So, they add brightly painted mural on old and rundown buildings to eventually make the place as a trend-setting destination. 

 

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The Kiehl wall is exotic, vibrant and cultural and for sure add a relaxing vibe to the Malacca river! The landmark exist to showcase a significant storyline between the past and the present. This sure is an inspiration to what our country should be striving for. 

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As for my outfit of the day, I made sure I add a pop of color to contrast with the location! Yellow also symbolizes my beloved country, Brunei!

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Malaysia Tourism: Explore Jonker Street Melaka

Malacca is known for its numerous heritage sites, historical splendor as well as the rich multicultural society. Beyond its fascinating history and culture, the quaint city offers so much more to us – breathtaking views, vibrant markets and wide spread artistic expression!

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One place that intrigued me the most, and is considered one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia is Jonker Street! The street is always buzzing and alive with people going about their daily routines with tourists looking into charming shops for attractive souvenirs to take back home.

The most captivating part for me is the well-preserved historical landmarks and buildings where hip and happening cafes, museums and galleries keep the street current and trend-setting.

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Here’s a list of some of the must-see spots on Jonker street.

BABA NYONYA MUSEUM 

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During the 14th to 18th Century, Malacca was known to be a major trading port, and saw an influx of Chinese traders. These merchants went on to marry local Malay women and the descendants of these marriages were known as Peranakan (Straits-born-chinese).The museum is actually the residence of a family and the name is derived from the term Baba, a manner of addressing a Straits-born gentleman and Nyonya, which addresses a Straits-born lady.

The Museum took us on a journey into the glory days of Malacca’s Peranakan in the 19th century, and gave us a taste and glimpse into the Peranakan culture and identity, in the form of their cookery, lifestyle as well as traditional customs. I couldn’t help but be fascinated by how many of their traditional practices came from a mix of malay, chinese and indian cultures. Also, how this has also influenced many of today’s music, art and fashion. Its quite fascinating how some of these families are still trying to maintain the ethnicity and culture of the Peranakan in this modern age.

Orang Utan House

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The place caught our attention with its brightly-painted exterior with a large orange orang Utan painting. One of the most eye-catching shops on the Jonker walk! As we went inside, we were welcomed by an extensive collection of funky and contemporaty framed tees made by an artist named Charles Cham. We couldn’t help but grab a few slogan tees as souvenirs for ourselves and family at home.

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ARTIST GALLERY - Tham Siew Inn

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The majority of the gallery is a display of the artist, who specializes in watercolour paintings, with many landscapes and street scenes on display for the entire length of the shopshouse. What was special about this place for me is not only was it a taste of art and culture, but I connected to the work for its showcase of technique to express the artist’ vision; the use of lines to show the motion of trees, the haze of vibrant colours in a cityscape, and it made me think about how I use fashion and imagery to express myself.

Calanthe Cafe

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A perfect place to fuel up after a day’s worth of sightseeing! Decked out with eclectic and creative touches such as hand-painted walls, greenery and old map hanged as well as traditional and vintage furniture throughout the property, this place certainly isn’t short on personality! Additional to that, the place boasts for offering coffee brews from all the 13 states of the country. After the caffeine hit from their Malaccan flavoured coffee, we were ready to continue in exploring the neighbourhood!

Daily Fix Cafe

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This chic café nestled inside a souvenir shop makes the perfect place for a temporary escape from the bustling crowd of Jonker street. It has a nice open courtyard bringing in natural light into the interior, and the rustic décor all help to lure the snap-happy generation in for food, coffee, and the compulsory selfie.

Gee's Original

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Not to be missed are Gee’s impressive hand-painted clogs and sandals. Priced at RM230, the colourful motifs on the footwear are one-of-a kind! I got a pair of course! 

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How to pack for hot vaycay in the city.

My husband and I just came back from a spectacular trip to Malacca, and we really enjoyed wandering around and getting lost in its winding roads, exploring and immersing ourselves in the local culture and history.

Packing for travel is always a struggle though, and of course at these amazing locations we want to be able to capture the moments and look our best. On top of wanting to look stylish, we needed to stay cool and comfortable in heat.

So here are some easy tips and tricks in looking chic and instagram ready for your next getaway!

 

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 Pack your headwear

To keep the sun off your face! Fedoras, headwraps, caps and full-brim hats are the perfect prop for your instragram shot while keeping you cool and avoiding heat stroke.

In my case, I opted for a turban rather than my usual hijab, so that I don’t get overheated.

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Sunnies

Sunglasses are a necessity to protect your eyes from the sun, AND you don’t have to worry so much about your makeup throughout the day. WIN!

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Wear loose and lightweight outfit

This gives your skin room to breath, and the flowiness can work in your favor for your photos.

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Wear prints or colours

You may want to wear something that stands out against the breathtaking views and monuments while on your holiday. 

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Comfortable shoes are your friends

From the airport to the city, you’ll be on your feet. You need to wear appropriate shoes such as sneakers, loafers or riding boots. So no stilettos.

Although for a fun-sized person like me, I went for block-heel boots that aren’t too high; these have been my travel companion since our Japan trip last year.

Do you have any other tips in smart packing and outfit ideas for hot weather?
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