Saturday, April 22, 2017

Starhill Gallery Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017

Pic credit Marvin

It was a spectacular Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Week at The Starhill Gallery kick-started last Wednesday, 12th April and concluded on Saturday, 15th April 2017. The fabulous opening party graced by distinguished guests sipped on G.H Mumm Champagne and Absolut Hibiskus cocktails amidst an abundance of glitz and glamour. The latest trends of 2017’s Spring/Summer collections were unveiled by exclusive designer labels housed in Starhill Gallery; Valentino, Kenzo, McQ Alexander McQueen, M Missoni, Debenhams, Mita Tam Style Studio and iKarrtini. These leading names in the International and Malaysian fashion industries took to the catwalk, captivating guests at the runway show. From red carpet dresses to runway pieces to the graphic prints on these featured collections, vibrant colours and neon lights are the watchwords for the season. 

The runway show started with Kenzo, which celebrated the cultural euphoria portrayed in men wear and women wear with garments characterizing expressions of freedom. Ponchos, parkas and military jackets, blouses and dresses were deconstructed into feather-light yet voluminous silhouettes. Not to mention, technical taffetas with metal snaps or drawstrings featured a more industrial feel to the design.  

M Missoni was second after Kenzo, showcasing a Spring/Summer 2017 collection this season, taking the upbeat and feminine woman as an inspiration for the line. With the theme “Glitter Glam”, the free and youthful spirit of this line was enhanced with vivid colours and bold lines inspired by graphism to modern art to the hippie-folk movement. 

Next, McQ Alexander McQueen delivered a 90s interpretation of the 70s in its Spring/Summer collection. Pop culture’s infamous icons, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lydia Lunch were muses for this range. McQ translated the era and these enigmatic muses into garments of easy silhouettes, contrasting fabrics and jarring, provocative colours

Then, the runway welcomed Italian fashion mammoth, Valentino, with its Spring/Summer 2017 line. This time, Valentino was inspired by the renaissance painting of Hieronymus Bosch and British designer Zandra Rhodes’s lively prints. Garments  evoking  historic  Venetian  textiles  and  quirky prints were designed on ethereal soft dresses, shirts, and smart trenches for modern day wear. Accents of appliqu├ęs and movement of fabrics brought out a sense of sophistication and grace to the collection.

The Spring/Summer 2017 collection by iKarrtini encapsulated true Malaysian culture, in a marriage between the traditional and the contemporary with the highlight of batik as an art of creating patterns. With the theme “Break Free”, light patterns as well as colourful floral dresses for both casual and formal occasions were a prominence in Mita Tam Style Studio Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Debenhams took the stage, showcasing its Spring/Summer 2017 design, delighting fans who adore British fashion. 

This year’s event was further elevated with a special Malaysian debut fashion show by Australian luxe-label ae’lkemi by the award-winning fashion designer, Alvin Fernandez.  During the opening, Fernandez featured some 20 beautiful pieces from his latest Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear and Couture collections. In addition, attendees had the first-time privilege of viewing bespoke pieces from his latest Spring/Summer and couture collections at the ae’lkemi Signature Store with the theme  “… turning a raw material into something precious”. The ae’lkemi Signature Store will be opened at Starhill Gallery’s Lot UG17, Adorn Floor until 10 May 2017. 

This glamorous fashion event was organized in partnership with Armani Dolci, BMIC Nail Spa Salon, Lifestyle Asia, Number76, Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, TeaLive, Pernod Ricard Malaysia, Softsrve, Volvo Car Malaysia and YTL Info Screen. The event upholds Starhill Gallery’s status as Malaysia’s luxury shopping destination with its exclusive boutiques, international designer collections and fashionable society events. The four-day glitzy fashion event provided invited guests the exclusive opportunity of viewing the latest collections from both international and local designer labels here in Kuala Lumpur.

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