13 Local Designer Collections That Sum Up The Festive Feels Of Raya
The season of Eid al-Fitr is marked with celebrations, reunions, and a good excuse to don brand new baju raya. Each year, Malaysian designers break out their highly-anticipated Raya collections, each more symbolic and evocative than their last. For most of us, while the highlight of the festival is to proudly showcase our festal outfits to friends and family, there’s no denying the fun in shopping for the attire that speaks to you. That said, we’ve put together a list of striking Raya collections, brought to life by our favourite, local designers, you’ll guarantee to swoon over. Happy shopping!
Afiq M’s Raya ready-to-wear took flight from inspirations plucked from the diverse landscapes and poetic sceneries of Malaysian states. A closer look, and you’ll recognise paddy fields, green leaves, trees, and shapes of hills, printed onto various shapes like the kurung Kedah, modern kurung and kebaya labuh. A tinge of newness sets these classics apart, incorporating the finesse of draping techniques.
A convergence of nighttime elements and flowers embellish Alia Bastamam’s Raya 2019 collection, resulting in alluringly mystical pieces. Clean lines lend their transformational touch upon rich fabrics and intricate decoration evoke the night sky, while prints of cherry blossom and wisteria represent twinkling stars. The highlight of the collection, though, has to be the liquid satin fabric, a superfluous material draping kurtas, dresses and eveningwear silhouettes.
Shimmer, neutrals and light-as-feather fabrics grace Ava Prologue’s Raya offerings. Gaining from the draping technique of satin materials, the festive lineup dubbed ‘Lumine’ features kaftan silhouettes with shimmery embroidered sleeves, hemlines and collars, that evoke a Greek goddess impression.
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With its underwater-inspired illustrations and colours, Fern’s Raya series will mesmerise both bohemian spirits and nature-lovers alike. Founder, Fern Chua, chose these marine motifs that impart an enigmatic allure on her batik pieces, comprising 15 elegant silhouettes. From modern kaftans and sarong-shapes to the elegance of ruffles and knotted elements, Fern underlines the sensuality of understated elegance.
Architectural and opulent, Fiziwoo upgrades kebaya and kurung shapes for their Lebaran 2019 collection using a mix of bright and subtle colour palettes. Structured with voluminous ruffles, mermaid cut skirts and the regality of chest flap collars, these simple touches go a long way upon the silhouette, lending an air of statement and structure all at once.
Meander down memory lane with a pop of fun-vintage adopted by Jovian Mandagie, named the Jovian Basic Retro Raya. Suffused with classics of loose-cut shapes, these traditional fashion forms are livened with vibrant colours, clever panelling and gathering, and geometric print evoking old-school vibes, playing a strong game of balik-kampung nostalgia.
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For Eid 2019, Khoon Hooi puts his couture twist on our beloved baju raya essentials in a collection fronted by Ally Mukhriz. The rising fashionista injects her youthful charm and freshness into intricate and feminine outfits like a 3-quarter-sleeve baju kebaya with tassels and fruit embroidery, a 2-piece crepe kebaya, and a fun peplum-and-tasselled set.
By revisiting the classic origins of the kurung, Rico Rinaldi cleverly illustrated the versatility of the traditional style. Employing decorations like vibrant prints, handstitched embellishment and a play on fabrics like crepe and satin, these are the artisanal touches that cast a spotlight on his new designs, which are only fitting for the season of light.
Fine lace detailing and voluminous fabrics make up the Raya Luxe 2019 collection of Rizman Ruzaini, who reimagines this year’s Raya offerings with polished drama. Kurung styles are emphasised with experimental elements and pleats, a dash of decoration with brocade and diamante, framing the silhouette to create empowering postures.
A fusion of traditional and modern statement is the message portrayed throughout Bernard Chandran Petang Raya 2019. The designer is drawn to the cultural origins of the baju pesak and kebaya-cut skirts, but contrasting with 21st century Asian nuances, clashing romantic hues, bold embellishment and a variety of cuttings. Sophisticated and statement at the same time, these multifunctional pieces are fitting for the season and practical for occasions to come.
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The footwear designer’s Portret Raya collection may feature minimalist classics, but it is her largest collection to date at 20 styles. The festive range features some of her most beloved creations, from mules to open-toed sandals, with the flexibility of neutral tones and edgy pastel metallics, as a fitting nod to the season.
You know that girl in a room who’s polished, elegant and destined for the prom queen crown? That’s what Nurita Harith’s Lebaran Luxe Collection is, among the many Raya design offerings. This year sees a modern take on the traditional baju kurung for the designer, featuring fine detailing of soft layered drapes, trails of lace embroidery and contemporary trimmings, marked with her signature drapes and romantic aesthetics.
With its strong-female statement aesthetics, PU3 rolls out a range of Raya Ready-To-Wear aptly named ‘VENUST’. Combining elegance with diminutive detailing like subtle gatherings, pouf sleeves and asymmetrical cuttings, the collection is an homage to the exquisitely classic kurung, infused with the seamless functionality to pair with trousers as it does with the signature PU3 tiered skirt.
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