Malaysian fashion designers shine in London and Paris

PHOTO: Bernard Chandran

Bernard Chandran, Paris Fashion Week

One of Malaysia's top designers, Bernard Chandran, made his Paris Fashion Week debut this week with a Spring/Summer 2016 collection called "Active Intellectual".

The new womenswear collection, which was presented on Sept 30, included a few menswear items, too.

In a press release, the collection is described as featuring a "palette of modern neutrals" that combine with metallics, and finished with sports-inspired trimmings.

"The silhouettes reflect a more active approach to pret-couture, all demonstrating a contemporary athletic collection with a luxurious, sensual refinement - fusing silk chiffon, metallic leather, silk organza, lurex and cottons to develop a light fluidity for the hot summer months," the release mentioned.

Here are some of Bernard Chandran's Spring/Summer 2016 designs.

Mimpikita, London Fashion Week

Here's one brand that's fast making a name for itself in the international arena - Mimpikita.

Created by sisters Nurul, Amirah and Syahira Zulkifli, Mimpikita launched in 2008 as a small label that featured mostly modern modest wear for women. The sisters' designs are popular among Malaysian celebrities and fashion bloggers, which perhaps had a hand in helping their label to grow.

Today, Mimpikita is a well-known brand that is not just available in Malaysia and Singapore, but in London, too. The sisters are also said to plan a deal with international online retailer, ASOS.

Mimpikita made its debut at the recent London Fashion Week with a Spring/Summer 2016 collection that impressed many.

In an exclusive interview with Huffington Post UK right after the London Fashion Week show, the sisters talked about how modest fashion is a big deal not just in Malaysia but in the international scene, too.

In the article, the sisters noted: "Moving forward, with our plans of international expansion... we are aware of the possibility of the racial divide that we might face, but we strongly believe a creative industry like fashion should reflect our society and the many cultures there are from all over the world."

Mira was also quoted as saying, "For my sisters and I, it's all about removing the old ideologies and stereotypes that prevent us from having it all... For us there is no stronger illustration of our pride in our faith than us as designers taking to the runway in our hijabs after the models."

The sisters also said that they hope to "represent and promote diversity in the fashion industry" with their collections.

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