Looking at his now-defunct blog, it's safe to say Jasmi Rejab collection has stayed true to its design DNA, but with an upgrade. The sexy silhouettes are still there, but this time around everything looks more refined. I particularly love the intricate pleat work and the fringes. To me, the show was executed well...
Justin Yap's website is sleek and interactive (use arrow keys to navigate through the collections). Looking at his impressive about page - he honed his skills under Carven Ong, and now he has his own couture and ready-to-wear lines to boot - confirms such refinement of the collection. Everything looks fine and elegant (including the office-wear!). And for the footwear he collaborated with up-and-coming local shoe designer Nelissa Hilman. My favourite piece? The two-length skirt - short on one side and flowy on the other.
Last year I attended the show called Zeal by Max Mak and everything was severe, tight and super sexy. But this time around expect something girly in the form of adorable pastels with cutout, perspex-heeled shoes + colourful socks combo (genius styling!). I always have a soft spot for pastels and neoprene and the collection is mostly about both (well I think the fabric's neoprene)... basically it's a breath of fresh air from day one's army of blacks. Love to see the modern laser-cut motifs on the jackets and shorts, yes! P/S: The label has relocated to new Facebook address.
Words and images by Hafidzudin Zainal