Bernard Chandran has been known to create fantasy on the runways, fusing contemporary elements with Asian culture. This year’s raya collection is no different, borrowing elements from the different decades, the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, Bernard delves into our nation’s heritage to present a collection entitled Nouveau Petang Raya.
“I am like a time traveller and [with this collection, am] going back to these eras where people are more embracing, fun and positive with a free spirited vibe. I am inspired by our own iconic and stylish Malay celebrities like Mariam Ismail, Saloma, Saadiah and even Rahimah Alias who were like the ‘Faye Dunaways’ of our world,” he explains.
As the designer observed and explored the fashion of the three eras, he dissected the styles by fusing them with today’s trend accents. Working with graphic prints reflecting the 1970’s, and infusing textures and cuts of the 1950’s and 1960’s; the Petang Raya 2017/18 collection breathes a ‘nouveau’ sense of modernity to traditional wear in luxe fabrics, rich in colour, detail and embellishment (as is his signature), but also in refreshing silhouettes.
The collection is also geared towards the more contemporary and well-travelled Malaysian woman by introducing the Sport Kurung, the Sarong Pant, the new darted ‘Baju Kedah’, the new ‘Fish Tail’ and the aerodynamic Kaftan, with fantastic technicolour capes for the lady travelling abroad.
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Level 2, Lot 2-41, Fahrenheit 88 179 Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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By Maya Tan Abdullah.
All images courtesy of Bernard Chandran.
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