Hari Raya is that time of the year where our Muslim brothers and sisters will be parading their best outfits. In most cases, families will be in a cohesive ensemble in the same colour theme – matching outfits have always been very popular during the festive period.
It also wouldn’t be surprising to know that many have already planned their baju Raya and getting them tailored specially for the entire family. But for those who are constantly on the go and have no time to customise a kebaya kurung or baju Melayu for Aidilfitri, there are many ready-to-wear collections that are available online or in specialty boutiques around town.
Malaysian designers are dishing out their best designs this year with plenty of colours, shapes and silhouettes you can think of. Local fashion designer Syomirizwa Gupta takes on a more personal approach with an elaborate collection that is catered to plus-sized women. There are also several fashion maestros including the likes of Khoon Hooi and Rizman Ruzaini who are all about the bespoke services – especially when you want to look your best during Hari Raya with a one-and-only dress that is tailor-made for you.
This year’s Raya collections celebrate comfort and versatility – outfits that you can pull off beyond the Aidilfitri festivities. These designs are also heavy on colours that are soothing and inspiring at the same time. Let’s take a look at what these Malaysian fashion designers have in store for Hari Raya. (Featured image: Alia B.)
“At times the world can be a little grey, and because of that, we should always let the colours in. So, for Alia B. Raya 2019, I present a collection of ensembles that will hopefully inspire uplifting moods,” celebrity fashion designer Alia Bastamam shares on her Instagram account. Each look is in one unique pastel shade but designed with plenty of detailing and textures for a commanding presence. The colour tones are expressed in shades of orchid and rose, which are softened into almost-nude tones. Alia B. is a brand that targets the young and young at heart, so expect a sweet feminine touch in each of its looks.
Batik designer Fern Chua has taken inspiration from corals for her latest Raya collection featuring versatile and effortless pieces in luxurious patterns and colours. There are 15 different silhouettes to choose from in the Coral Series, which includes the brand’s modern interpretations of luxury resortwear stemming from traditional kebaya, kaftans, robes, long skirts and sarongs. All the nature-inspired leitmotifs are hand-drawn, so you are assured exclusivity when it comes to the prints on the dresses. The collection is available at Fern flagship store in Bangsar Village II.
The creative duo behind Rizman Ruzaini has designed a collective ensemble for everyone in the family this Aidilfitri. The collection, themed “Balik Raya”, features a variety of unique pieces for men and women, as well as kids. Rizman Ruzaini will also be offering customisation services for you to fit your baju raya perfectly. For the ladies, the modern kurung with elaborate laced details is a fashion statement you want to make during the festivities.
Syomir is celebrating the sensual curves and voluptuousness with a collection that caters to women of all sizes. The modern kurung is given a fresh reinterpretation using clever panelling and colour-blocking techniques and pieced together in bold and colourful geometrical prints. The Michelle long dress is one standout piece with complementary prints and solids put together in symmetry, and finished off with a boat neckline for a hint of feminine appeal.
Justin Yap is known for his impeccable cuts and shapes that flatter a woman’s body. His Raya Resort 2019 collection echoes the same notion with contrasting two-piece ensembles that accentuate the waistline. Yap restructures feminine floral prints with solid tones using very fluid silhouettes for extra comfort and breathability. There is a sense of effortlessness to each look that carries a soft muted palette that includes the 2019 Pantone Colour of the Year, Living Coral.