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Fashion How Colours Dictate The Style Of Frankitas Founder, Franki Turner

How Colours Dictate The Style Of Frankitas Founder, Franki Turner

How Colours Dictate The Style Of Frankitas Founder, Franki Turner
By Aina Izzah
By Aina Izzah
April 30, 2019
Surrounded by a bounty of impressive craftsmanship in the form of clutches, scarves and bags in the Frankitas gallery in Damansara Heights, an afternoon spent with Franki Turner is filled with curating looks using the accessories on showcase.
Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler
Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler

Having moved to Malaysia, Franki intends to communicate her Indonesian heritage by incorporating traditional textiles like ikat and batik into accessories created by Malaysian bag makers and weavers all over Asia. Hence, Frankitas was born.

Believing that colours evoke emotions, Franki’s personal style is never lacking in multiple shades and textures that are very much in tune with her “style DNA” - a term she coined.

Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler
Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler

1/6 Can you describe your style?

A bit eclectic. I love vintage and I’m also a bit of a hippie. I wear bell-bottom jeans because of the flairs and because comfort is key.

Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler
Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler

2/6 Do you plan your wardrobe ahead?

I used to. I don’t do that anymore. I go by how I feel, I don’t really have time to sort through my clothes. I’m not that organised when it comes to my personal style.

Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler
Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler

3/6 Do you coordinate your accessories according to what you’re wearing or the other way around?

When it comes to accessorising, I am quite specific especially with bags and jewellery. I’ll work out an outfit based on the jewellery if it’s a rare find that I’m completely obsessed with. That piece would be the hero of the outfit. But it also depends on my current fascination. For example, if I bought a new bag then that would be the main piece of the look. I don’t match everything, I colour block a lot.

4/6 What do you enjoy most about dressing up?

The different emotions that I get. I’m very sensitive to how I and others feel, too. It’s one of the things that I learnt from my mum, which is the ability to empathise and clothes represent that; the emotional effect it has on me and others.

Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler
Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler

5/6 What are 3 essentials from your wardrobe?

From Monday to Friday, you can find me in denim cut-offs, slippers and a cotton t-shirt. When I do go out, I love toga dresses because they expose the part of the woman’s body that I find beautiful which is the neck. Another essential would be palazzo pants and black skinny jeans. For accessories, it would be clutches and big chunky earrings.

Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler

Swipe down for the day to night look (Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler)

6/6 Do you have a style motto?

Everyone has their own style DNA. Once you identify that then you can express the way you wanted it to be without being affected by what others think. And that is truly a personal style.

 

Franki shows us how she takes her day look in a vivid blue and yellow A-line dress from Syomirizwa Gupta to night by trading a chic traditional dyed bandana with an elegant scarf. 

Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler
Franki's style essential (Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler)

Get the day look

Colourful bandana bringing out retro vibes. 

Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler
Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler

Get the day look

Gold rain-drop earrings.

Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler
Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler

Get the night look

Blue scarf with dyed motifs and pom-poms from Manekbeads.

Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler
Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler

Get the night look

Hoop earrings with gold globes by Fugeelah

Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler
Photo credit: Khairul Imran / Malaysia Tatler

Cover graphic by Amir Rashid. 

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