KL fashion folks have been jumping on the monochromatic bandwagon and it's partly thanks to this prolific Kelantanese designer. This fall/winter 2014 collection is about military interpreted in Joe Chia ways. Styling has never been an issue with this designer - all-black uniforms + Reebok shoe = modern day street warriors. I love the Yohji-esque mood in some of the looks, especially the roomy pants/culottes. I've been searching high and low for quality baggy shorts at an affordable price and judging from the collection, Joe Chia's pieces might be the answer for me.
The reserved designer (I assume - I always feel that we have something in common with our personality, albeit never meeting him in person. Well, that's my delusion talking) collaborated with artist Shenton White to produce beautiful marble-print bags. Coincidentally I've taken an interest in marmoreal motif ever since Jil Sander marble suit phenomenon hit the blogosphere, although Shenton White print is more subtle. The clothings, on the other hand are very current and minimal with crop tops + bare midriffs a la Gwen Stefani circa 2000's and some subtle details, that is classical Silas methinks. Can't help but wonder if he will produce menswear again, since his Regnum Lepideum collection which I loved.
P/S: Always confused with how to pronounce his name (is it See-las OR Saai-las?) but I guess this Youtube clip will save me from potential embarrassment.
Photos and images by Hafidzudin Zainal