Thursday, March 01, 2007

Subtle Feminity by Bernard Chandran

Fashion designer and couturier Dato' Bernard Chandran is known as Malaysia's next best thing after shoemaker to the stars Dato' Jimmy Choo. The designer knows just how to dress a woman from one season to another, thanks to his expertise and experiences which spanned more than 10 years in the Malaysian fashion scene.

After making name in Malaysia and the South East Asia region, Bernard decided to take London by storm. He did it and his first London boutique at the Beauchamp Place proved to be a lethal attraction among the fashionistas. Not just because of its Asian decor but also his sexy creations that reflects the culture of Malaysia and Asia itself.

At London Fashion Week 2006, the designer made his Spring/Summer 2007 ready-to-wear presentation in front of top-notch UK fashion editors, journalists and socialites with models sashaying his designs on stage. For Spring/Summer, Bernard incorporates subtlety and relaxes its style with soft color palette, apart from the inevitable black, sheer fabric usage and more attention were given on the details.

While in Malaysia, the designer is known for his beautiful couture creations and favored by local celebrities and socialites, the Spring/Summer 2007 collection is Bernard's third ready-to-wear collection presented to the European press and fashion fans to date. For day, white knee-length dresses with ruffled sheer hem, turquoise dress with colorful beadwork details blouson with elbow-length pouffed sleeves and high clinched wide waistline in rose with stripes, metallic bikini set with flower embroidery details on bottom with matching robe are the menu for the daywear.

The show moves on with the evening wear presentation that consists of sheer French lace top with golden lurex trimming on straps and neckline plus ribbon detail on the waist matched with black full skirt (featured inset left), black dress with cowl neck and pleat details,
sheer lace evening dress with lapels on deep v-neckline,to name a few are some of the keypieces offered by Bernard Chandran for his fans and fashionistas who wanted some change of air.

The show ended with Bernard walking on the runway, flanked by his models and received great thunderous applause from the audience. The Spring/Summer 2007 ready-to-wear collection is exclusively available at Bernard Chandran boutiques in Kuala Lumpur and the Beauchamp Place in London.

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Bernard Chandran Couture - Kuala Lumpur Plaza, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

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