* By Joe Kwan *
It seemed like the stars had aligned perfectly when I was asked to cover the H&M Home Media Preview; as I am currently in the midst of an agonising moving process, and seemed to be faced with, for lack of a better term, decorating constipation.
Decorating a space, be it only one room or an entire house, is a daunting task, especially if you don’t have an idea of what you want; or in my case, too many ideas. I was excited to see what new ideas H&M would be able to provide with the arrival of their new Home collection in Malaysia.
We were whisked off by a shuttle from Bangsar Shopping Centre at promptly 2pm last Wednesday and were delivered round the corner to Rhombus, where the event was held. A sleek elevator brought us right up to the 11th floor, which opened directly into the unit where everyone made their way into the immaculately decorated space whilst breaking into murmurs of delight.
The collection is described as “Clarity and Poetic Romance”; with the promise of texture, contrast, opulence and warmth; keeping in mind with H&M’s concept of “fashion and quality at the best price”.
The beautifully set up main/living area.
Loving the simplicity of these jewellery cases! And how cute are these storage boxes that are made to look like books?
I’ve never been one to fuss about crockery but these are just too cute!
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This week has been challenging in the sense that i’ve barely even had time to feed myself properly (which is bad) but it’s okay cos i rarely do this.
Monday: i had lunch at 2pm, dinner at 10pm then worked till 2am
Tuesday: i had lunch at 3:30pm (i felt so faint i made a beeline to food and nothing else), dinner at 8:30pm, then slept at 3am (my fault for going out till late)
Wednesday: i had half a noodle soup at a 10am meeting, then snacked on slices from half a zucchini at 1:30pm while driving to a shoot. Quite sad right. I just really didn’t have the time to eat!!! Luckily Adam was so nice to get a group of us food from the Bangsar Ramadhan market for dinner which i dug into like an animal at 8pm.
I am so tired that i was in bed by 10pm! But i’m still awake… blogging this post cos i know tomorrow is another jam-packed day, so i better do this now before it adds on to my ever-growing To-Blog List.
Today was by far the most tiring but FUNNEST SHOOT EVAAAAAA!!!
Photographer Vincent Paul Yong was to shoot me for a Levi’s campaign,
and i picked Jump Street Asia as the location cos i thought mid-air shots would be so cool.
Plus just BEING on a trampoline is so much fun… the last time i was on one was 4 years ago in Surrey with Yishyene!
Jump Street Asia is the first trampoline park in Malaysia, and is right behind the Robert Bosch building down the road from Jaya One in PJ. It’s in a massive warehouse and has lots of different trampoline activity areas like Dodgeball, Basketball, Free Jumping Areas, The Foam Pit, The Cage, and The Wall. Find out more on www.jumpstreetasia.com.
Thanks so much to Duncan for granting us permission to shoot,
giving us a personal lesson and providing his staff to take real good care of us!!!
Laine Wong did my make up. Check out her new tattoo done last week by Julian Oh.
Incidentally Adam got one from Julian yesterday too so i saw two new works of his in one day!
I’m wearing a pair of shorts from Levi’s newest collection!
It’s really soft and was super comfy the entire time i was jumping.
Starting off with some still shots… Click to see the rest of the pix!
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* Photographs by Jane Lee *
Last week, I did the PR and hosted the launch of Rent A Dress – a new startup business by solo female entrepreneur Shuen.
A lot of people asked whether i’m old friends with Shuen but i just met her face-to-face a few months ago! She randomly emailed me sometime last year saying she’s a blog reader of mine and asking what i thought about this idea she had – which was to rent out designer gowns and cocktail dresses to girls in Malaysia – and i gave her my honest opinion on how i thought it was a great idea and that she should go for it!
Four or five months later, she emails me again saying she’s been working on it and plans to launch soon and i was like, “Wow you’ve been working hard! Good girl!” We ended up sharing resources to save cost for both our start ups, and i was very happy to be involved with her launch in Publika last week
We had most of the fashion and lifestyle media attend, along with fashion designers, personalities, and some of Shuen’s closest friends.
Miss World Malaysia 2010 Thanuja Ananthan, DJ/host Patricia K, Rent A Dress founder Shuen, me!, and Miss Universe Malaysia 2013 Carey Ng.
We’re all wearing dresses from Rent A Dress, with brands ranging from Badgley Mischka, Alice & Olivia, Marchesa Notte, David Meister, Halston Heritage, and many more. The one i’m wearing is from Halston Heritage, for rent at RM200.
Ena Sommers, Syomir Izwa, Shuen and i
Sarah Lian, and Calvin Chong from Tatler mag
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* written by SweetEe *
* Photographs by Jane Lee and Evan Lau *
If there is one thing I truly love about fashion week, it has to be the opportunity to see people in Malaysia dressing up in their own fabulous ways. It’s one of the few times in the year when you see people who live and breathe fashion parading their favourite designers’ pieces, albeit with a personal touch.
In between shows at KL Fashion Week, Jane and Evan snapped some style shots.
Let’s see if any of them inspire you cos they definitely did for me.
If you missed our blogposts on KLFW, the links are below:
* KLFW Day 1: Joe Chia + Silas Liew + Kittieyiyi *
* KLFW Day 2: Dude and the Duchess + Tsyahmi + Syomir Izwa + Amir Luqman*
* KLFW Day 3: Rizman Ruzaini + Jonathan Liang*
* KLFW Day 4: Jimmy Lim + Fizi Woo + Hayden Koh*
Beatrice, Mario, Davide and Shuen
Beatrice, Mario and Davide are Joyce’s friends visiting from Italy, and it was my job to bring them to KLFW that day (Joyce was sick at home). I’m amazed at how well they cleaned up after backpacking around South East Asia for 2 months! Shuen on far right is wearing a dress from RentADress.
Claudia from Tongue in Chic (left), and Natrah of The Extra Piece (right)
Azawi David in the middle who never failed to impress everyday!
Designer Kittie Yiyi, congrats on your showcase!
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* Pictures edited by Evan Lau *
Zalora collaborated with renowned Malaysian fashion designer Rizalman Ibrahim to release a collection with focus on the designer’s signature form-fitting cuts and elegant Baju Kurungs.
Embellishments are kept to a bare minimum, as Rizalman focused on the use of beautiful and exquisite fabric to elevate the elegance of each piece. Jersey, lace, crepe silk and georgette silk are used generously in addition to laces and metallic elements that create an old-world sophistication that only Rizalman could have recreated.
Featuring the collection are Malaysia’s models du jour Atikah Karim and Rita Suraya, with another campaign showing off seventeen of the designer’s current muses. These muses represent successful, elegant women from all fields and backgrounds such as popular actresses Scha Alyahya and Elfira Loy, top singer Dayang Nurfaizah and supermodel Amber Chia.
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Tongue in Chic shot actress Sarah, artist Nini and fairy me for a vid for KATE Cosmetics some time back.
You can see MingDaBomb smizing till kingdom come too.
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I watched the preview of Dance on NTV7′s Bella yesterday morning, and was so proud to see two of my friends’ work come together in a video! It’s Melissa Indot‘s third single release from the album MDot called Dance, with an appearance by dancer Maybelline Wong – whose energy just jumped outta the screen.
Mayb’s my neighbour too, and i do stupid things to her like call her frantically when i’m accidentally locked in my own house. Sometimes we do more fun stuff, like exchanging tapau-ed food from Seremban and JB earlier this week XD
Going back to Dance, it’s a song dedicated to Melissa’s mother and calls for all of us to appreciate those who love and care for us unconditionally.
/// The music video takes us on a journey using vintage pictures of Melissa’s fans and friends alike with their Mothers as well as Mothers with their own children, reminding us of the innocent and unconditional love shared. Directed by Susan Lankester, who is known for her active role in the Malaysian film and art scene since 1983 when she debuted in the cult classic “Mekanik” and more recently in the movie, “Take Me For Dinner”.
“It was such an experience making the music video with Susan, as we both had the same attitude towards life and our love for art. We had so much fun with all those involved; I started a campaign on my social media for my fans to send their throwback pictures of themselves and their mums / children. The response was overwhelming with several Malaysian Celebrities contributing too. See if you can spot the iconic Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah with activist daughter, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and film maker grand daughter, Ineza. Also Datuk Sheila Majid, Sofia Jane, Hunny Hatim and DJ Blink. The photos exude pure love, which is exactly what the song is all about”, Melissa says. ///