Saturday, September 17, 2011

My point of view is much in demand in fashion industry. Where's my sunglasses? An outsider's 2-day review of the MASiF 2011

An Industry Outsider's View Welcomed
Apparently, my blog has been bestowed by the fashion industry as a definitive guide of insight in the industry's current trends. Plenty of upcoming fashion designers (and aspiring models) are wanting secretly for their names to be mentioned, or at least get their fashion clothes published in my blog. Again, thank you all for the trust given. Personally, I always aimed to be fair in my comments and critique on certain pieces produced by our local fashion industry. My goal is only to upgrade and improve the whole look and design of the piece, and not to downgrade anyone. A pair of industry outsider's eyes like mine are much needed to help the fashion industry to improve on their "whole look".  My background is very much steeped in the film and acting world, hence it truly gives that extra dimension on any upcoming fashion designer's development process when showcasing their designs on the stage.

Undercover from the media and crowd
Surprised to be invited for the 3-day event
The day started pretty much normal for me. Since the opening of the new Isetan supermarket, I bought myself some baked goodies from Sun Mouline (they gave an extra free bun for every purchase) and some Nissin noodles. Prior to that, I also got myself a new pair of Rayban sunglasses - this one comes with ultraviolet screen and an added feature of able to see in dark places. Wow, very good. I brought my new sunglasses along to KLCC, and went to the centre concourse to enquire about the itinerary for MASiF event. Lo and behold, after I've given my name, i was quickly ushered to my seat! Why, it came as a surprise for me - since I wasn't expecting the seating for the show was today! I know my fashion designer friend Reen (under her new label) invited me for the last day of the show - but surprise, my name is stated for 3-day! I didn't expect I was invited for the first day even, and today the second day I was welcomed to attend too. Personally, I feel I didn't quite dress up to match for the occasion. Thank goodness I have my caps and sunglasses, so I put them on to hide my identity. You never know who may be watching in the crowd.....I imagine myself like some kind of Andy Warhol or Anna Wintour - both fashion enthusiasts wearing their sunglasses. People still remembers me from this commercial, and other stuff.

This boy helped me took the pic above. Thank you! Love you!
No plus-one 
In a fashion event, one definitely need to dress up. Since I was ushered into it unexpectedly, not knowing what to do, so I have my cover-up myself up from head to the eyes. That way, nobody will know it's me. You see, in Malaysia, the public will not call you, they will just "know" who you are, even from a distance. And being in such a centre spot, with crowds of people surrounding me, and in my rather very leisure clothes, for a while I felt the need to be NOT at the centre of attention. I asked a cute little boy to take the picture of me. He's really cute and helpful little boy. Thank you! You really made my day. Being in such a crowded place, it's always nice to have someone who helped. Events such as these will only commence once the really important VIPs arrived. (and I noticed one of the VIP actually wearing a skirt like a Scotlands highlander) Of course this is a fashion show, and anyone can dress in anyway they desires - to be creative and express their own unique individuality. So let the fashion show begins!

High Headgears
Truly lovely design. Love the almost-hourglass shape, except it is not meant to be sexy, seeing the theme is more for the muslimah. I truly love the concept of the headgear acting as a form of headcover, as opposed to the traditional tudung. The concept is similar to the African tribe where the women are also adept at covering their heads to act as a base for carrying vessels and jars while they walk. The fabrics for these 2 lovely pieces are soft lace and some kebaya fabric.Of course, not all the collections is perfect. For example:

Bulky fabric or...pregnant?
I was surprised when this piece showed up. The first 2 or 3 pieces were beautiful. But when this one walked up the stage, I find the piece so bulky, it made the model looked pregnant! The fault could be the model's or the clothes, but either way, this piece just simply doesn't work. The model should have stretch her body way more to make the clothes look more fitting, rather than just let it hang on her body. Nobody wants to buy any clothing that made them look either fat or pregnant. (unless they want to, yikes). For the designer's part, the fabric especially at the waist level should be tighten - to give the look more balanced proportionate look.

Miss Robin Hood?
The colour choice, the individual pieces that come together - head piece, boots, leggings and baggy green "shirt"- all that just give the impression of Robin Hood - the other sex. I would advise the designer for this piece to be more focus in the silhouette produced because no part in this piece is focused in terms of its design elements. To save this piece, I would advise the designer to straighten up the head piece, to NOT let the tail-end dangled to the back, instead lift it up to suggest some form of regality. This piece just spells poorly-made.

Move away, cameraman! I want to see the cheetah-girl.
In an event with so many technical crew around, one only hopes nobody gets in your view. Unfortunately for me, this cameraman was constantly shifting his position - right in front of an audience. This is one shabby point where the organiser of this event should have placed the crew in order and neatly. It is simply too messy and disturbing, and downright rude for the crew to be in the view of the audience.

This is my Hood, dude... 
Dejavu, the hood is back. This piece is simply colourful (and I love colours). It is very form-fitting, which accentuates every part of her skinny bodice. But to give you a fuller view of this piece, the cameraman is blocking the view again. Mind you, it happens many times. Maybe I should let go my sunglasses and cap - so he knows who he's blocking....this abang gemuk cengkodok (means chubby in malay)

The 20s are back!
Get your butt off my face!
Again, you'll notice the cameraman. As for the look, the hair is revealed in short. Thick earrings, with a black corset matched with a grey jacket. Lovely combination.

Safe Drag
Black is a very safe colour, hence I don't find any redeeming creative quality in this piece. Again its very conventional, the expression on the model's face is very stiff, hardening to the point of coming off as a drag. How I wish the designer will experiment more colours. Another sad use of the colour black is with this singer with holey leggings - meaning it's torn. Looks very poor, perhaps an element of rebellion?

Want to see a storm? This piece does stir up some gasps from the crowd for its ultra high slit cut that goes all the way to the naughty part of the model. Everytime she walks and swings her long skirts, the front of her white panties was visible. Kudos for its ultra-daring catwalk. But the model seems at times to be shy and not confident when wearing the piece, and that's a drag. Show it proudly, girl. Or don't show at all.

Some Musical Interlude
The interesting thing about MASiF is its infusion between music and fashion. This concept is nothing new actually, but it's good that our country is catching onto the concept. The artiste in the picture in my opinion needs some brushing up on his singing, but it's lovely to watch him play the "angklong".
Front and Back
This is my favourite colour. The model has a great smile. At first look, the dress seems demure with a hint of naughtiness at the short length. But when she turns and walked back, you get to see the V-back, bare. Sexy and chic.

Armor for Yo Chest
This is a bit awkward combination. Seeing the bright yellow splashed across the black background is simply....out of place. I would rather there to be bits of yellow spread across the palate, rather than it concentrates on the breast - like a plate of armor.

I'm a Present
This is a lovely cute piece. Here's where the colour yellow is used to its true advantage - acting as a surprise in the form of a ribbon and head cover.

Colours - In Bloom
Finally, some bright colours. I didn't show you the individual pieces because as a single piece, it would be dull. But as a combination, it looks more interesting. I'm sure I can spot a traffic lights in there somewhere. For this collection from Madukala, the drapings are essential.

Kebayas Galore
It's a beautiful traditional clothing. Personally, fashion to me is always about looking forward. For this collection, I couldn't see any innovation on the age-old kebayas. For teenagers to wear kebaya is another thing. I feel it doesn't match the spirit of kebayas. A better, more innovative on the use of kebayas is much needed to make it more versatile for the times.

Evening Pieces, Not Couture
This collection is simple and lovely. But the name for this collection is attached with the word "couture". This is questionable since couture means it's ultra expensive, high concept and use of many materials to conjure a dream-like image. I believe evening gowns are more appropriate. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, shall we?

Motifs Central
This collection has a form of branding on all its collection. Notice the square shaped design on the skirt's bottom. The purple is beautiful. Love the faux-fur which gives an added luxury, but the a different matter.

It's a wig, it's a's a...a...a...
This is hard to describe. The colour juxtaposition is way out - you got grey on the arms and white on the head, smacked gold right in the middle and white boots to kick. Colour coordination is key in making this look work, and sadly, it doesn't. This look only works for a fashionable nurse working in the maternity ward for the a distant future. Oh, my eyes hurt!

Back to the 70s!
Before the end of part 1 of this article, I want to end with a positive look. Simply love this piece! Especially the black background to accentuate the swirls of colours, almost psychedelic, reminiscent of a 70s look. The hat is creative in acting as a head cover for the muslimah as well. The neck covers is white, includes the leggings as well. This is Studio 54 gone prim.

Wait for the Part be continued.

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