This year sees Raya fashion taking a turn for the glam. Modern trends and traditional silhouettes are combined for a more edgy effect.
The choice of fabrics and embellishments denote a more trendy style as well.
Fun colours and designs can definitely work to make the festivities a more memorable affair.
Here we highlight the collections of six local designer labels worth checking out for your Aidilfitri dress-up.
Dressing up is not limited to outings but also when entertaining guests. Innai Red offers designs for elegant ladies who want to play the perfect hostess during the festive season.
Each piece offers a fresh take on what is considered traditional, with aesthetics such as exaggerated blouson sleeves, bows and ruffles, plus structured petals that form a flower.
The kaleidoscope of colours helps make a statement, too. Lilac, coral and rust are accentuated by strong lines, plus the intricate use of appliques and embellishments.
Designer Bernard Chandran has journeyed through time and brought the distinctive spirit of style influences from the 1950s, 60s and 70s into his current Petang Raya collection.
Observing the fashion of the three eras, he dissected the styles by fusing them with today’s trends. His designs bring a “nouveau” sense of modernity and independence that pushes the boundaries of Raya fashion.
“I am inspired by our own iconic and stylish celebrities like Mariam Ismail, Saloma, Saadiah and even Rahimah Alias who were like the ‘Faye Dunaways’ of our world,” Bernard explains.
The rich and illustrious life of a Peranakan lady is epitomised in Variante’s Lebaran 2017 collection. It pays homage to designer Leslie Variyan’s baba-nonya heritage.
Ranging from kurungs to kebayas and kaftans, the designs make use of materials that provide comfort.
Chiffon, satin, jacquard, neoprene and cotton offer versatility for all occasions.
Bold embellishments are central to the theme. Strong Peranakan vibes are also brought about with the use of vivid colours like jade green, red, fuchsia and turquoise.
In all forms
The Alia B Raya 2017 collection is inspired by flora and geometry. While shades of rose, sand and cream are selected for casual, daytime looks, burgundy and black give a more evening feel to chic pieces.
Each design also incorporates the use of gorgeous laces. The Tiger Lily has a dense, foliage-like form while the Ivy focuses on a lush three-dimensional design.
The cuts range from bell-shaped, classic peplum silhouettes and modern layered kurungs to new shapes like the sweet folded and ruffled kurungs.
Khoon Hooi’s opulent Aidilfitri collection calls to mind the sparkle of semi-precious stones. It also highlights trends like the off-shoulder look, crystal buckles, oversized bows and exaggerated cuffs.
Rich fabrications such as brocade, silk taffeta, chiffon and crepe work to add drama to the looks. They however, still come in traditional silhouettes like the baju kurung teluk belanga and kurung Kedah.
“It is a modern take on vintage occasion-wear. We aim to set ourselves apart from the usual Raya trends of bell sleeves and peplum cuts,” notes Khoon Hooi, on his creative direction.
Spirit of giving
Colourful Traditions is a luxe yet vibrant collection by Melinda Looi, inspired by the beauty found in our culture during the month of Raya. It features exuberant colours and unique prints, reflecting on the meaningful and joyous celebrations.
Geometrical lines inspired by the weaving of leaves to make ketupat and flowers signifying compassion and add pizzazz to the creations. This is in addition to scattered diamantes, embroidered lace panelling and intricate beadings.
Looi has partnered with several companies to collect funds for charity through the sales of her Raya collection. The funds will be used to provide food aid to schools, refugee centres and orphanages.