From t-shirts with loud statements to crop tops, we review five fashion trends which are widely loved by Malaysians. Do you agree with our list?
Here are five trends that are making it big in 2014. All the items sourced are courtesy of Duriana, a new pre-loved marketplace app, where a bargain is never too many clicks away
Slogans & Wordplay
The use of slogans and bold statement in fashion, particularly t-shirts, has emerged as a huge trend in the last year or so. Take Brian Lichetenberg as an example. Everyone from Beyonce to Rihanna wore his hugely popular t-shirt line parodying high-fashion brands like Chanel, Balmain and Hermes. No surprise, cheaper replicas have popped up in small boutiques and shopping apps like Duriana.
With our tropical weather, it is no secret why ladies love crop tops. It’s easy to match and we can throw it on a lazy day with a pair of shorts. In fact, the crop was tipped as one of the big trends for Spring 2014. I’m sure every girl will vouch for the fact it is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing with absolutely endless styling possibilities.
The use of batik in new and modern ways has been a big hit with young fashion adopters and streetwear owners. Clothing labels like The Sultan and Tempatan Clothing took a fresh approach, sewing on pieces of batik on Pocket Square tees to create an interesting clash of traditional and modern motifs. In an incredibly competitive world of fashion, it’s one thing that makes our designers unique and relevant to other Malaysians.
Vintage Is The New Black
It appears that vintage clothing has seen somewhat of a revival among KL-lites. The success of niche bazaars like the Kuala Lumpur Vintage Festival, which entered its third year in December 2013, shows that there is a strong demand and interest for the vintage market. For example, We Will Wear Whatever We Want, a local collective, has done extremely well in re-marketing and curating vintage into a current trend with mass appeal.
A quick browse through bazaars and shopping malls like Sungei Wang and you will see plenty of oversized sports jersey type shirts. The fashion world in the western hemisphere has embraced the trend of sporting more masculine cuts over body-hugging silhouettes and Asia is following their lead.
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