As Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2014 is just around the corner, we’re highlighting ten designers from the local industry – both emerging and established names whose creations will hit the runways in the next few days. While KLFW 2014 (18 – 22 June) is not open to the public, it is held at the centre of Pavilion KL, so you can see the fun from the first floor.
Joe Chia, award winning Fashion Design graduate from Raffles College of higher Education KL, has come a very long way over the last few years. Creating structured designs in only monochromatic colors and uniquely labeling his collections not according to season but according to Chapters, Joe has rapidly drilled his way as a Malaysian favorite across the globe – being featured in magazines and runways in Asia as well as Europe.
Silas Liew, another successful award winning Fashion Design graduate from Raffles College of Higher Education KL, has made his mark in the local fashion industry. With his sleek, trending and memorable collections, Silas is famous for his unorthodox and forward sense of fashion. His money print of US dollars (pictured), was one of his earliest hits. His clothes are now stocked in boutiques such as ALLIEN, Publika.
Winner of Harper’s Bazaar Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Awards 2013, Harvee Kok has the zest of wowing an audience with his experimental designs – targeting fabrications and unusual manipulations achieving outstanding and unique cutlines and silhouettes setting himself as well as his designs apart from the crowd. While his clothes aren’t yet available to buy off the rack, he’s a designer to watch.
Starting off with designing shoes, Maatin Shakir will be launching his debut clothes collection at KLFW. Fashion Marketing graduate from Raffles College of Higher Education KL, Maatin’s clever approach into the fashion industry has won over several fashion fanatics, publications and fellow designers across the country. His minimalist yet modern shoes are available at his boutique in Empire Damansara.
Kittie Yiyi is famous for her quirky photos, popular taste in fashion and her fashion/travel blog posts. Also from a fashion design background, Kittie Yiyi made her way into the industry from scratch – gaining contacts, popularizing her name through her blog and fun photography and modeling. Now, she is set to launch her label Kittie Yiyi with a debut collection, XOXO, at KLFW 2014. Rumour has it, her designs are just as quirky, fun and unique as she is.
Offering a wide range of garments, Zakwan Anuar, a young and rising Fashion Designer hit the local market in the blink of an eye. From ethnic chic, traditional beauty all the way up to modern & sophisticated, Zakwan caters to a growing audience and has yet to disappoint. Every season, models, celebrities and fellow designers are seen stepping out in one of his pieces – so his show at KLFW is sure to draw a crowd.
Pearly Wong’s rise to the top has been no surprise for many. Graduating in Fashion Design in New York Pearly had co-owned a label called Sara & Pearly with a friend in New York – selling at artist and flea markets while at school. Sustainable fashion has always been her main interest up until this very moment. With plans of taking her eponymous label back to where it all started – New York – Pearly Wong; the label; is working towards fine tuning its aesthetic and extending itself beyond South East Asian shores after taking on KLFW 2014.
Jovian Mandagie is now a household name. Having launched several stores across Kuala Lumpur and showcasing one collection after the other, his feminine fits, modern twists on classic silhouettes and intricate embellishments have gained him a loyal customer base for both haute coutoure and ready-to-wear. He recently launched a collaboration with online store Zalora for Raya 2014.
Popularised by his custom made pieces and showcases on various runway and fashion events in Malaysia, Afiq began launching seasonal collections under his label, Afiq M, alongside attending to custom orders such as bridal and other special occasion orders. His designs have remained glamorous, sophisticated and delicate over the years and because of his signature and upscale appeal, he’s loved by those with modern and traditional tastes alike.
After his completing his course in Fashion Design at the Malaysian Institute of Art in 1993, he was invited to KL to work as an Assistant Fashion Designer for Voir, Playboy and Isetan where doors had opened and opportunities arose. Winning several awards along the way (including the Malaysia International Fashion Award in 2004), Khoon Hooi quickly earned a reputation for straightforward fashion with new street credibility, leading to sky-rocketing sales of ready-to-wear clothes locally and now internationally. He is currently working on his own label, Khoon Hooi.