THE KING OF MALAYSIAN HAUTE COUTURE, DATO BERNARD CHANDRAN, SHOWCASED HIS SPRING/SUMMER 2011 COLLECTION TO GREAT ACCLAIM WITH MANY VOWING THIS WAS ONE OF HIS BEST SHOWS EVER.
Dato Bernard Chandran after the grand finale with his 9 year old daughter Thanya Kumari
Kee Hua Chee sitting in front row with Datin Mary, wife of Dato Bernard Chandran and daughter Thanya Kumari
Dato Bernard's uber-kool kids, from left; Tanzannite (13), Tanestrran (10), Trunan (15) and Terimunite (17)
HE FLEW IN HIS COLLECTION FROM LONDON TO THE ANNOYANCE OF HIS AGENT JUST FOR THE MALAYSIAN INTERNATIONAL FASHION WEEK (MIFW) SHOW AND HIS EFFORT WAS WELL WORTH IT.
SOME EXPECTED HIS GLAM-SLAM BLING FLAUNTING SEQUINS, BEADS AND EMBROIDERY WORTHY OF AN EMPRESS OR A GLAMAZON BUT THIS TIME IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE CUT, DRAPE AND HANG.
THERE WAS A FAINT RETRO FEEL TO HIS COLLECTION AS IF A WIND FROM THE FIFTIES AND SIXTIES HAD WAFTED INTO HIS STUDIO. AND I WAS RIGHT.
"I was helping my mother moved house some months ago and I came across boxes and cartons of her old clothes and accessories. They were made for her during her heyday as a teenager and young adult in the sixties," recalls Dato Bernard Chandran. "I was astonished by the style and drape which was body-defining as in those days there were no proper boutiques and women just went to their neighbourhood seamstress to make their clothes."
Aroused by his mum's wardrobe of yesteryear, Dato Bernard Chandran set about crafting his own version of the Swinging Sixties but with a modern touch and couture details, seen not in souped-up glitter and fluff but in impeccable cuts and luxe fabrics.
The grand hall at Zebra Square was packed to capacity and there was near mayhem as guests struggled to evict other guests who they claimed were sitting on their precious seats. Names were meaningless as those who sat on the wrong seats simply tore them out and stuffed them inside their handbags or trousers to avoid detection. Throwing them on the floor was foolish as the real guests could pick them up triumphantly.
The melee really amused and reminded me of Paris, London and New York Fashion Weeks where the social hierarchy is dictated by where you sit. The most powerful media editors sit on the front rows with A-list celebs while the super rich wives of South American dictators and middle east despots and those who money come from dubious sources are safely placed at the back rows. Money can buy you RM 300,000 dresses but not front row seats!
I was lucky to be seated next to the Hostess with the Mostest, Datin Mary, beautiful wife of Dato Bernard Chandran who looks 30 but cannot be as she is the mother of 5 children. The eldest is Terimunite who is 17 so unless Datin Mary gave birth aged 13, she must be older than 30! She should launch her own beauty skincare as she is the best walking advertisement! I shall recommend her to SKII.
As usual, here are the social pictures, before and after the show and the fashion shots will be in the next blog.
Datin Mary with Thanya Kumari (9). I love her colour streak in hair. Meanwhile Tanzannite (13) salutes me with his hat
The wife and children of Dato Bernard Chandran
Kee Hua Chee, Datin Mary Bernard Chandran and Thanya Kumari who I predict will be a Miss Malaysia and top model like Mummy
This time, Thanya Kumari is looking at the camera
I took this picture myself since I have long arms
A bit of feathers in my mouth is OK since birds get them all the time
Actress Lisa Surihani looked a bit left out as she gazed at fellow actress and singer Sarimah Ibrahim and Kee Hua Chee
So now we did it properly
Lisa Surihani in a stunning Bernard Chandran creation
Top actress Lisa Surihani and Kee Hua Chee are real birds of the (different) feather!
2 hot chicks!
Miss Malaysia Universe 2005 Chermaine Poo and Xandria Ooi, also in Bernard Chandran
Ex Miss Malaysia Universe 2004 Andrea Fonseka and current Miss Malaysia Universe 2011 Kimberly Ann Estrop-Leggett
Miss Malaysia World 2009 Thanuja, Selina C and Albert Nico the top hair stylist who runs one of Malaysia's most successful salons. If you want to pamper your crowning glory, see Albert Nico at his salon at Fahrenheit 88 ex KL Plaza
Jessmund, Carven Ong, Miss Malaysia Universe 1974 Maggie Loo, her daughter Grace and husband Lim Nam Aik
Beauty queen Chermaine Poo and top hair stylist Albert Nico
Top models Jessmund and Seth
Top model Jessmund, world's greatest journalist Kee Hua Chee, ex Miss MalaysiaChermaine Poo,hair stylist Albert Nico and model Joeyy
PR Queen Dato Nancy Yeoh with son Alexander Quay and Miss Malaysia 1974 Maggie Loo
Kee Hua Chee with Jessmund
Kee Hua Chee with Jessmund Puay
Kee Hua Chee and Jessmund
Malaysian male supermodel Jessmund and his favourite beer
Kronenbourg 1664 is brewed with French elegance!
Even without Eiffel Tower, Kronenbourg 1664 tastes like the City of Lights
Malaysia's male supermodel Jessmund takes a sip to prove it is brewed with French elegance
Oh yes definitely Kronenbourg is the beer of fashion
The seal of approval from Malaysia's male supermodel Jessmund and the greatest journalist this side of the observable universe Kee Hua Chee
The new Peugeot 508 also gets Kee Hua Chee's seal of approval
Kee Hua Chee with 2 winners; Kronenbourg 1664 and Peugeot 508
Kee Hua Chee with 3 winners; Jessmund the supermodel, Kronenbourg 1664 the French beer and Peugeot 508 the French car!
Jessmund with his dream wheels
Malaysia's male supermodel with France's super car
The Peugeot Dream Team
The Peugeot dream team with Dato Samson Anand George, CEO of Peugeot Malaysia
Kee Hua Chee joins in the fun; his reflector pants from Strange Dayz are ideal for cars!
Kee Hua Chee and Dato Samson Anand George and the Peugeot folks. Note the built-in reflectors in Kee's pants
Kee Hua Chee's awesome reflector pants can out-glare any car's headlamps
Image from Peugeot's computer
Two for the price of one!
Just because Jessmund is Malaysia's supermodel, all the girls asked to be photographed with him!
I noticed I was not invited to be in the photo!
Still the girls refused to let me join them!
So in the end I barged in with my dramatic reflector pants
I can pose better than any model
Her cleavage is so astonishing, wide and deep I could not tear my eyes off her boobs! But why are they darker than the rest of her bosom? Shouldn't it be the other way around unless she was sun bathing with her breasts exposed and the rest of her body covered up? Must ask her bf Carl Graham at left!
Kee Hua Chee and Jessmund with the girls from Kronenbourg team!
The party flows better with Kronenbourg 1664
It's true; the smooth, lush taste of Kronenbourg 1664 is perfect for glam events
Carl Graham with gf
Jessmund and Carl Graham
Jessmund, Cral Graham and Kee Hua Chee
The feathers are permanently sewn on as this is not a scarf!
Kee Hua Chee's hair mingling nicely with his feathers
I need to grow my eyebrows more to match supermodel Jessmund's thick brows!