From the runways of Paris, Milan or New York to gracing the red carpet in Hollywood, Malaysian fashion designers have made a name for themselves in the global fashion scene. Here are our 5 personal favourite local fashion designers who brought Malaysia’s fashion scene and standard to a whole new level.
Dato Farah Khan
Famous for her sequinned bright, funky and modern, ready-to-wear designs, Farah Khan manages to create chic and stylish outfits that can be worn to parties and events , for sophisticated women on the go.
Each of her design is also uniquely named after a famous person. A dress from her could be inspired by big names such as Anna Kournikova, Kimora Lee Simmons and Paris Hilton who have all been spotted wearing her outfits to major events.
Ranging from simple classic heels to more edgy avant garde pumps, Datuk Lewré Lew has created a name for himself with his collection of Malaysian footwear that carries his signature style of elegance. His shoes have gain enough publicity for him to have had the honour of gifting the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton a pair of his shoes during her visit to Malaysia with husband Prince William.
Lewré currently has over 90 stores worldwide, including major stores in the Klang Valley.
Melinda Looi is an award-winning Malaysian designer who is known for her style of mixing modern and vintage along with the rich culture of our country. Her clothes features a bohemian flair are for those looking for a more individualistic look. Many socialites, royalty and even Hollywood celebrities such as Britney Spears and Cameron Diaz have worn her outfits.
Creating menswear that eloquently fuses crisp cuts and vivid colours, Dexter Wong is a highly talented Malaysian fashion designer. His creations can come off as a bit ‘loud’ as he combines elaborate designs and mainstream trends.
His creations are not only worn by the likes of David Bowie and Robbie Williams, they are also featured in various Topman outlets across the globe.
A graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Pearly Wong ventured back to her homeland to launch her eponymous label in 2012. She uses a lot of black leather and mesh fabric with harnesses, zippers and hooks for her clothing collections to create a more androgynous style.
Her works have made an appearance in New York and also various runways throughout Southeast Asia.