Malaysian designer Adila Long has come a long way from being your run-of-the-mill architecture graduate. She recently managed to start her own fashion label, and launch a collection based on two of the designer’s favourite materials – batik and songket. Adila uses traditional elements from her Terengganu heritage and infuses it with modern style, class and elegance. Each of her designs are exclusive and custom made. The future seems bright for this down-to-earth passionate designer!
Adila Long, 27, Fashion Designer
Tell us a bit about your background.
I’m 27 years old, and married. I graduated with a diploma in interior architecture from UITM, Shah Alam, and later on, finished my degree at Middlesex University in London I'm slick and. Then I stayed on to work in London for a little bit, doing sales and styling for French Connection on Regent Street. Over summer holidays, I worked as a visual merchandiser for Habitat Furniture, and eventually became an interior designer for Porcelanosa. When I came back from London, I got a job in a design and architecture company in Damansara for a year before starting Adila Long full time.
Was your childhood a particularly creative one?
Very much so. I was the only one out of my siblings who embraced arts and creative elements very seriously when I was little. I just loved to mix and match things; and sometimes, I would decorate and re-style the house when my parents were not around, just to surprise them later on. I would ask my dad to take me around to view lovely houses at night and would always say that I would like to ‘dress’ the houses or buildings beautifully when I grew up 아이폰 메모. I surprised friends with handmade cards and put it under their table before class started, and I even dropped add-maths because I wanted to take art as a subject seriously (Also, I just really hated math, haha).
How did you take an interest to fashion, and then designing it in particular?
My interest in fashion came about when I was little. My mom taught me how to mix and match things well. My passion for fashion grew further during my five-year-stay in London, where I was studied and worked. I love the London’s street style, and always made sure I attended London Fashion Week just to feel the awesome fashion vibe there. So with that in mind and having such a great love for fashion and for batik and songket, I just knew I wanted to do something different, while incorporating our heritage to create a fresh, modern, sophisticated style that people can relate to and appreciate Download windows 10 education iso.
What would you say is your general aesthetic?
Exclusivity. From fabric to producing a clutch or garment, I like to make sure that they are all one off pieces. We, at Adila Long, want to cater to individuals and make them feel special – which is why each design is reserved for one person only.
How did you get into using traditional materials and what are the required skills when working with songket and Batik materials?
My late grandmother, aunt, and uncle are all weavers of songket, so I was brought up loving the fabric and material. I wanted to show what the pieces could look like in a more fresh and edgy way. Afterall, these fabrics are our Malaysian pride and joy – our royal heritage pieces. I’m so proud to be a part of it!
The ultimate skill required when working with batik and songket is that you have to really know each fabric well, and how it works Download to all the guys I've loved. Batik and songket are two very different things. Batik is more flowy and has more free patterns. Its colours can range from pastels to bright and very dark, so you need to be careful when mixing batik pieces together. When creating batik pieces, you want it to complement how it should look on someone, so it should not be too rigid and structured. Songket on the other hand is very structured, very repetitive in its pattern and is more suitable when making something that will look more classy and edgy.
What are you favourite and least favourite things about being a designer Cubelead Manager?
My favourite part of being a designer is that there are no limits for yourself. You get to challenge yourself and be brave enough to go out there and show the public what you can do by being inspired by the smaller things in life. My least favourite? I love being a designer, and there may come some challenges from time to time, but at the end of the day, I can never think of doing anything other than designing.
If you were to have a celebrity muse, who would it be, and why?
Victoria Beckham, definitely! I wasn’t really a fan of hers during her younger days, but looking at how she has evolved from a young popstar into someone more sophisticated and so effortlessly stylish at the same time, I changed my mind! I would love to see her in our structured songket high-waisted short pants or the emerald green songket structured pencil skirt. That would be, as how she would say, ‘major!’ for me sina 동영상 다운로드.
How did you come to conceptualise your current collection?
It comes in stages. When I first started to design, I started with only simple kimono outlines and a two-piece jumpsuit. In other words, the basic ready to wear items. Soon after, I was inspired to mix and match those simple ready to wear items with more structured, voluminous pieces (like the long blue dress in my recent collection), and more intricate detailing with the use of songket and trimmings as key pieces. Lastly came the bridal piece, which is only to show what I can do out of my usual comfort zone in using the batik and songket materials.
As for fabric usage, there was no certain key element used, since all my designs are one off pieces Download paper fleece. I don’t re-strict myself to using only one colour or pattern because I want to show how free and exciting batik and songket can be.
Describe your collection in three words.
Heritage. Fresh. Exclusive.
Describe the Adila Long girl.
She’s a very detailed person. I can get so wrapped up in what I’m doing and can become quite critical sometimes … because I overthink. I ask myself how can I make things better all the time, and change things so it’s more relatable and approachable with a fine balance of timelessness 킹덤러쉬 프론티어. That way, people can always look back in 40 or 50 years and still love it, wear it, and keep it for their next, next, next, generation!
What inspires your designs?
Anything can inspire them. I don’t restrict myself when it comes to ideas. I like to be as ‘free as batik’ can be. I can form anything, sketch anything, make anything and when I see the end product, I know it tells a story in itself. That’s why my signature and concept for the brand is ‘one off pieces’.
What are the tools you can’t live without as a fashion designer?
My sketch pad or even a small piece of paper. I’m always thinking of new ideas and wondering what’s next. That way I’ll have something I can use to write down my thoughts, or to sketch with if I’m in a designing mood 한글과 컴퓨터 2010 무료.
Which would you single out as the key piece of your latest collection?
The navy blue long batik dress, the emerald green structured songket pencil skirt, and our signature batik cape top.
The navy long dress was designed to look like ‘the perfect fresh heritage piece with a twist’, while the emerald songket skirt is to show the structure of what a songket would look like – edgy and sophisticated. The signature cape was inspired by London street style. I loved wearing my cape coat during winter time, so I took inspiration from there and created something classy and fashionable, but very ready to wear. It’s like evolving the ‘cardigan’ trend into something so much more sophisticated looking!
How is it going for Adila Long so far adobe flash player 다운로드?
We feel very fortunate and blessed – even from before launching. People are starting to acknowledge the brand and recognise what it is all about. Our launching was a success, and even though there were just few set backs here and there, it was still definitely a great first try. We’re also busy coming out with next batch of clutches, which will be edgier with playful designs.
What’s next for Adila Long?
We are planning for a mixed collaboration with the one off clutches. We are also planning to take Adila Long out of Malaysia as we are getting a lot of requests, and yes, we are planning a homme and Raya collection!
Image credit: courtesy of Adila Long