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Two Twenty3 sub-brands, Sher and Lin, showcased contrasting collections at the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready-To-Wear 2016, writes Sushma Veera.
REFLECTING the philosophy of fashion company Twenty3, the Strength In Femininity, two of its sub-brands showcased their highly contrasting ready-to-wear collections at the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready-To-Wear 2016.
The collections by Sher and Lin reflected the diversity in strengths and passions of the designers, with Sher By Twenty3 painting the image of a fighter. Designed by So Bu Yeow and Soh Hoi Cheng, the label draws on the designers’ combined experience at Khoon Hooi and Rick Owens, offering a sleek, dark, minimalist look with strong, sharp edges.
Embellished with modern beading, the garments give the illusion of a flash of lightning against a dark storm cloud.
For the event, its collection, Under One Small Star, showcased 12 looks to capture the persona of the evolved, empowered modern woman.
The element of destruction is represented in the way the fabric is draped on the wearer. The colour palette is more subtle and faded, as the collection begins with linen white and slowly decays into the darker hues of ash grey, powdery black and gauzy navy.
Accordion pleats sweep the mood of evolution into the collection, which is mainly fabricated in cotton shirting, evoking the essence of the purity within.
L-R: So Bu, Hoi Cheng, Vivien and Yen Yon after a successful show at KLFW 2016
Lin By Twenty3, led by Vivien Chong Pei Xuan and Ooi Yen Yon, is inspired by the designers’ time at fashion houses Mary Katrantzou and Leonardo Salinas, with emphasis on digital prints, bright colours, feminine lace and layered ruffles.
It is a visual representation of an ethereal world ruled by women, where demureness and ultra-femininity are virtues to be flaunted and celebrated as symbols of strength.
Lin By Twenty3 also presented 12 looks, with its runway debut collection, Where The Wild Things Are. The range was inspired by the curved lines and organic movements of the Art Nouveau period in the 1900s, particularly from the Rozenburg Porcelain.
Each garment acts as a canvas, depicting ethereal, stylised scenes of hand-drawn aviary birds and flora, as well as silhouettes of teapots, vases and teacups flowing with organic fluidity.
Each motif is a result of vast research and showcases a delicate, state-of-the-art embroidery technique.
Silhouettes embrace romanticism by portraying femininity through a dreamy chromatic palette, dramatically shifting from pastel blues and pinks to rich, inked blue. //
SHOP The SHER Défilé 2016 Collection
The first of of our runway collection is now available on the Twenty3 online store, and in our retail stores in Atria Shopping Gallery, Publika and Bangsar Village II.
Caia Two Way Midi Shirt Dress in White
Evdoxus Organza Panel Skater Dress in White
Harlyn Front Overlap Shift Dress in White (sold out)
LAUNCHING ON 2 DECEMBER
Charion Pleated Organza Hemline Midi Skirt in Black
Grecia Cutout Long Sleeves Top in Grey and Bexley Mesh Panel Drawstring Shorts in Black
Skyler Organza Panel Midi Skirt in White
Elodie Drawstring Organza Panel Shirt Dress in White
Stay tuned for the launch of these pieces, this Friday 1 PM.
Hey, ladies! We understand it’s not easy when it comes to dressing up during pregnancy.
We asked 3 expecting mommies about their fashion challenges and here’s what they had to say:Aki (7 months): “It’s not easy to find maternity clothes that are my style”.Natalie (9 months): “There are not many options for maternity clothes that are stylish and my size.”Angeline (7 months): “I find it difficult to find stylish clothing for maternity while maintaining comfort, plus, the price is also another concern.”
Fret not! Here are some useful styles you can go for without sacrificing comfort and paying a whole lot of $$$! (So you can save for when the baby arrives ;) ) Scroll down to look your best no matter how many months you’re in.
1. Lace It Up!
For days when you want to show off that baby bump of yours, go for lace lines or stripes. This dress is just right, and comes in black and white.
SHOP HERE: Vera Lace Overlay Shift Dress in Black
2. Show A Little Shoulder
Feeling a little playful? Cold shoulder details help to put a little fun personality into your outfit.
SHOP HERE: Leanne Cold Shoulder Dress in White
3. Pretty pleats!
Looking for a dress with more details? These magical pleats will do the trick!
SHOP HERE: Rhonda Pleated Hem Shift Dress in White
4. Twinning With Your Mama Bestie? Yesss!
Glam up! Twin with your mama bestie in playful, fun colours to embrace your beautiful baby bumps! Vibrant shades will help to brighten your day or night out.
SHOP HERE: Lena Off-Shoulder Bridal Gown in Pink
5. Dark Knight
Our own knight in shining armour! Choose a darker shade for an easily stylish look, with a bonus slimming effect!
SHOP HERE: Addie Oversized T-Shirt Dress in Black
6. White Out
To pull off an effortless yet sweet look, choose dresses with light mellow colours and minimal details.
SHOP HERE: Oluf Shift Dress in Off-white
Structured shirt dresses give off a sophisticated look to your style. Plus, buttons come in handy for breastfeeding in the future too!
8. Bring out the youthful side
This football jersey dress is sure to make you look like a soccer momma, while its colour combination brings out a fun, cheerful vibe.
9. Lounge In Days
For days that you just want to snuggle up and snooze in at home with your comfiest outfit.
SHOP HERE: Kandice Long-sleeved Top in Burgundy
After trying on the Maternity collection, these were their favorites!
We hope these tips were helpful to you mommies! Remember, you can rock anything you wear when worn with confidence!
The Maternity Collection is available online and in all stores now. Try them out! If you aren’t in love with it, you can always return it ;)
Are you ready for our SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN WORKOUT this Saturday?Take it to another level with these real easy costumes you can make on your own!The costume with the most SPOOKTACULAR votes on the day will win an RM 100 Twenty3 voucher!
LOOK 1: CATWOMANMeow! A trained gymnast and an expert hand-to-hand combatant, this Catwoman look is sure to get you ready to kickass!DIY Cat EarsStep 1: Draw two equilateral triangles with 3 inch sides on the colour paper. Add ½” to the bottom. This is so you can wrap the bottom of the ears around your headbandStep 2: Draw two equilateral triangles with about 2 inch sides on the glass paper.Step 3: Cut out the triangles.Step 4: Glue the glass paper triangles onto the colour paper.Step 5: To attach these ‘ears’ to the headband, simply fold a crease along the bottom ½” of your colour paper triangles and tape it around your headband.LOOK 2: MINNIE MOUSEYoo-hoo! Stay cute and cheery throughout the workout with this Minnie Mouse costume! Those burning thighs won’t be a bother when you look this sweet! 😉DIY Mouse EarsStep 1: Using a cellophane tape (or other round structure), draw two circles on black colour paper.Step 2: Draw a small flap under each circle. This is so you can wrap the bottom of the ears around your headband.Step 3: Cut the ears out.Step 4: As with the cat ears, simply fold a crease along the flap and tape the ears around your headband.DIY Red BowStep 1: Cut out two rectangular shapes (38cm x 10cm and 5cm x 2cm) of red colour paper.Step 2: Add some glue onto the middle part of the 38cm x 10cm paper. Then, fold the two sides of the paper into the center, making up a length of 16cm. (on photo, can put 1, 2, 3, 4 – with last photo showing the length of it as 16cm)Step 3: Draw out a ribbon, as you see fit, to easily guide cutting.Step 4: Once cut, place some glue on the middle of the bow and stick the 5cm x 2cm paper as shown on the photo.Step 5: Your bow is now ready! Just tape the bow onto your Minnie Mouse hairband.TADAA! You have your very own Minnie Mouse ears!LOOK 3: BLOSSOM FROM THE POWERPUFF GIRLSTake it to the skies! Unleash your superpower with this cute look! (Cute, until it’s time to defeat evil!)DIY Tutu SkirtStep 1: Fold the tulle into 2 halves, depending on your desired length. Measure the width of the tulle to be about 5cm and mark it with a pencil.Step 2: Once marked, cut out the tulle and continue for another 20-30 times, depending on the amount required.
Step 3: Using the tulle strips, place the fold of the tulle over your string and fit the end of the tulle into the space between the fold (just like how you used to slip in the ribbon on your bookmark). Pull to tighten the knot. Continue until your tutu skirt is fluffy and all ready to wear!DIY Red BowThis is similar to Minnie Mouse’s red bow, with the bow being sharper towards the top.You can tape this bow onto your headband or onto your hair elastics which you can then use to tie a bun or ponytail!LOOK 4: WARRIORDress for battle! Now’s the time to gather all your strength and get your muscles ready to kill this workout!LOOK 5: HARLEY QUINN FROM SUICIDE SQUADOh, don’t we just love our Puddin’? 🍮 Get ready to go a little cray-cray at our insane workout! Yes, your muscles will be SCREAMING with this costume!DIY Harley Quinn Make-Up and Hair1. Fill in Eyebrows
4. Apply Red Lipstick (Don’t be afraid to get messy!)
This is where it gets FUN!5. Using a thin brush, apply red face paint under and around your right eye.6. Do the same with blue face paint under and around your left eye.7. Tie your hair into two high pigtails.8. Using eyeliner or black face paint, draw a little heart shape under the right eye.9. Apply red hair spray all over the bottom end of your right pigtail and blue hair spray all over the bottom end of your left pigtail.Ooh, voila!! Ready to hit this workout with a bat?Oh GOODIE GOODIE GOOD NEWS!The first 50 people to register on the day will be getting a Goodie Bag with:1x Laneige Basic & New Water Bank Refreshing Kit1x La Juiceria Omega Hydrator1x HealthyHolics Protein Balls
Also look out for our NEW MOVE by Twenty3 pieces, available in limited quantities on the day! Remember to come early for exclusive first dibs!Here's a little sneak peek!So who will you be coming as?Invite your friends, get dressed up and let’s get MOVE-ing!Mark your calendars! This Saturday, 10 am – 12 pm at Atria Shopping Gallery (G35)!
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times. Time flies. Just last year, we made our runway debut at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW) 2015 with the Derecho collection by Sher by Twenty3. This year round, we showcased two (yes, TWO!) collections, consisting of 12 looks each from our sub-brands, Sher and Lin. In commemorating the success of the show and the months of hard work our designers have put in, we sat down for a talk with them to find out more about what got these young and talented souls into designing the clothes we love, and their inspirations behind this year’s collections.
Our designers with Twenty3 Founder & CEO, Sherlyn TanFrom left: Vivien, Hoi Cheng, Sherlyn, Yen Yon, Sobu
Q. How did you get started in fashion?
SoBu: Sketching has always been my medium of self-expression. I would literally vandalize all the tables in school with my pencil, sketching human proportions and garments. However, social expectations hindered me from doing what I liked. My grades improved tremendously in high school and from there, my parents, teachers and friends had this expectation of me that I felt I needed to conform to. I started studying Chemical Engineering in college under a generous scholarship. It felt good that I wasn’t burdening my parents with the cost of my education. It was until I did not secure a Public Service Department (JPA) scholarship that got me really thinking about my major. I thought, if I were to spend money on education, then I might as well invest in something that I like, which is fashion. I did not give any more thought and got myself a place in an art school. And that’s where the journey began.After graduation, I started as a Visual Merchandiser with Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge. Then, I moved to Khoon Hooi as an assistant designer. And later, I found myself here, at Twenty3!
Hoi Cheng: I have always been attracted to all things art. I remember when I was young, I would draw, paint and dabble in Chinese calligraphy whenever I got the chance. As I grew older, I somehow started to pay more attention to fashion.When I left high school with my SPM certificate, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I had thought about the safe and popular choice of studying Nutrition, but I was really hoping to be able to ply my trade in the fashion industry in the future, something that I knew I would enjoy doing instead of you know, working in some other profession with the sole purpose of making an income. So with encouragement from friends and family, I took up a fashion design course in KL, which many might think is a risky choice given that I had scored straight A’s for my SPM. I completed the final year of my degree on a 1-year twinning programme at the Paris American Academy in well, Paris, during which time I was lucky enough to have worked alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Elie Saab and Rick Owens. After my degree, I worked as an intern under the renowned Malaysian designer Jonathan Liang at his studio in Paris and at the end of my internship, I came back to Malaysia to launch my career in the local fashion design industry.
Vivien: Well, it kind of just started right after high school with me getting a place in the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course in London. At 17, I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do in life so I figured, "Why not?". After all, I've always leaned towards the Arts compared to Maths and Science (which I'm terrible at). During the duration of that diploma course, I got to explore different forms of art, from sculpture, to photography and, fashion. This helped fortify my desire to pursue fashion design. I then got accepted into the Fashion Print degree course at Central Saint Martins. It was so liberating to have the freedom to create whatever you want at my time at CSM. I later had the opportunity to intern with Mary Katrantzou in London, and that really reinforced my love of prints. Artsy and creative has always been my 'thing' so I really can't imagine doing anything else.
Yen Yon: I have always had a passion for fashion since I was little. My parents would buy me dolls and I would be curious about how, and what, their pretty little dresses were made of. That's how my interest in fashion slowly grew. I followed my passions and continued to learn more about fashion by pursuing a fashion design degree in Sydney, where I had the chance to train with Leonardo Salinas. After all that I have learned and experienced in my years in the fashion industry, I must say that fashion is so much more than just making clothes.Q. Tell us more about this year’s KLFW collection. Let’s start with Under One Small Star, the collection by Sher?
Sher by Twenty3 on the KLFW '16 runway
SoBu: So this year, I worked with Hoi Cheng on the collection. Our inspiration behind it is the idea of evolution. Specifically, evolution from the stress and issues women face in our hypermasculine society. For example, being insecure about the way you look, or feeling like you are not enough, worthless. The collection consists of 12 looks, all representing this persona of an evolved and empowered woman. For example, the deconstructive way the fabric is worn conveys destruction. It is about being destroyed before finding strength to rebuild yourself, coming out stronger than before. The colour palette is subtle and faded, and the collection starts from white and slowly turns darker to grey, black and navy. All of this gives the idea of the transition into a darker, stronger entity.
Q. What about for the Lin collection?
Lin by Twenty3 on the KLFW '16 runway
Vivien: For our Where The Wild Things Are collection, Yen Yon and I found inspiration in the organic movements from the Art Nouveau period. Characteristic of this time was silhouettes of teapots, vases and teacups and scenes of birds and flowers. With this inspiration, each look from the collection features hand-illustrated flowers, birds and insects, swirling together in harmony with a fun, cheerful and romantic colour palette of pastels. I personally love working with printed textiles so it was really fun getting to design the prints that goes along with each outfit.
Q. Who is the Sher and Lin woman?The Sher woman is a "fighter"
SoBu and Hoi Cheng: A Sher woman is a "fighter". She has strength but never lets it cloud her femininity. She is fit, not just to look good, but because she understands the value of self-improvement and self-empowerment through fitness. She values herself, her life, her work, her aesthetic and her philosophy. She owns her life, her goals, her dreams and herself. She believes that every individual is solely responsible for giving meaning to her life and living it passionately.
The Lin woman walks down the street with a 'devil may care' attitude
Vivien and Yen Yon: Everything, from the colour palette, embroidery, the fabric, the silhouettes and prints, is made to fit the Lin woman. Picture this. A woman walks down the street in a fabulous printed dress, smile on her lips and rolls through life with a ‘devil may care’ attitude. That’s the Lin woman. She knows she has strength and confidence. She knows she's invincible.
So do you fancy yourself a Sher or Lin woman? Maybe a combination of the two?