Held from Aug 17 to 21 at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, this year’s edition of the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW2016) presented an exciting mix of ready-to-wear fashion.

It saw close to 100 designers showcasing their creations – each with a personal twist and unique aesthetic.

Colours, prints, layers and draping

The womenswear collections were a delightful experience rich in hues and textures.

While some designers presented sleek structures and stiff tailoring, others preferred a more fluid ensemble where movement was key.

Innai Red was a crowd favourite with its bright and light colours complemented by strong and detailed sequin work.

Heavy fabrics were layered and ruffled creating a flounce for a playful effect. From trousers and skirts to tops and dresses, it was a fun and feminine collection.

If you love a heavily layered look, Melinda Looi is the way to go. With coloured laces and tulle carefully sectioned over solid fabrics with fringing, this is not a collection for the rigid.

Photos: KLFW

Photos: KLFW

Flowy sheaths of satin that draped sensually over the body was the direction for Nurita Harith. In warm hues of rust and burgundy juxtaposed with champagne and blush, it was a romantic collection that focused on the movement of fabric.

Mimpikita (in collaboration with fragrance brand Annick Goutal) sent out floaty silhouettes with voluminous cuts and the use of light and airy fabrics.

Alia Bastamam (presented during the glitzy Huawei Night) featured minimalist looks with sleek and chic dresses, jackets and tops in neutrals and metallics.

The menswear were seen to be cooly sombre. Of course, there were splashes of colour making an appearance, but the designs generally kept to a muted feel. Tailoring was instead the focus, with form and silhouette being played up.

Melinda Looi

Melinda Looi

Atelier Fitton led the pack with diverse and eclectic creations. From the use of tartan and kilts to the incorporation of denim in structured separates, the collection proved to be a balance between heritage and modernity.

While Eric Choong focused on neutral prints, Eclipse saw the appeal in whimsical patterns. Both however, celebrated the nonchalance that one would associate with the dandies: eclectic, yet fittingly so.

Comoddity drew on the raw, virile nature of men. The label sent out its models barefooted, with headpieces fashioned from twigs and branches. Design duo Rizman Ruzaini focused on a military theme instead, presenting form-fitting pieces.

Left to right: Rizman Ruzaini, Eric Choong, Eclipse, Comoddity, Atelier Fitton. Photos: KLFW

Left to right: Rizman Ruzaini, Eric Choong, Eclipse, Comoddity, Atelier Fitton. Photos: KLFW