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Originally developed as a platform for Malaysian cruise wear designers, Langkawi Cruise Line’s efforts to promote the island as a recognisable premium resort destination have since led to its rapid expansion into an extensive lifestyle project.
This year’s fashion show, which was held in the opulent colonial-chic setting of The Danna Langkawi, featured a curated selection of 10 highly talented, upcoming local designers – its largest line-up to date. An eye-catching presentation of highly desirable, wearable and occasionally flamboyant looks for luxury resort guests and tourists showcased the creative prowess of each designer, along with highlighting the unique cultural perspectives drawn from Malaysia’s arts and design scene.
Languid, flowing kaftans and sarongs were out in full force in Cherita’s Cherita On The Beach, Keddepo’s My Sarong, and Mahsuri’s Rimba collections, as well as through Airis Aisha’s Azure creations, which were beautifully executed in jewel-like shades. Quirkier, adventurous designers such as Datuk Radzuan Radziwill and Angel Zazri of Arda Putra opted for daringly close-cut, ultra-modern looks such as statement harem trousers, monogrammed raincoats and layered translucent skirts.
The Shape of Kebaya, the central theme for Sorn’s Resort 2017 collection, played on the intricate detailing of the traditional kebaya’s lace and flattering tailoring – an aesthetic that was applied to organza gowns, satin evening dresses and even swimwear. For travellers with less of an inclination to bare quite so much on the beach, Prosun demonstrated its expertise in crafting sporty, fashionable swimwear, which included one of its famous Muslimah swimsuits.
Roslan Wilkinson, the insightful designer behind the diverse multi-brand Designer Row Langkawi concept store, presented an assortment of looks incorporating lines like Gim’s Scarfs, batik pieces by SYG Batique and hand-cut pouches by Mimpi Matamoon. Meanwhile, surprisingly architectural and deftly cut pieces from the Royal Terengganu Songket brand, backed by Yayasan Tuanku Nur Zahirah, created the biggest stir in the front row with their exciting, forward-thinking designs.
Intriguing accessories such as highly ornate chokers by Ash Burn D, structured clutches by Bunai and refined, delicate jewellery from La Putri and Yang Collection are sure to be a hit at resort boutiques and high-end retail locations. Present at Langkawi Cruise Line 2018 were representatives from Langkawi’s key tourism and hospitality partners, including Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah, the Langkawi Development Authority, The St Regis Langkawi, The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, and The Danna Langkawi. The event also received the support of Malindo Air, Fantastic Tour Services and MATRADE.