Glam Squad: Melinda Looi On Fashion In Asia

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Malaysian designer Melinda Looi on the biggest highlight of her fashion career to date — and her stance on showcasing fashion in Asia.

Ask any fashion insider for their list of the top Malaysian fashion designers and you’ll probably see Melinda Looi in the mix. Previously featured in our Industry Power Players’ 2016 Resolutions series, the Malaysian designer currently boasts six lines under the Melinda Looi brand. She is in the midst of reorganising her brand line up with a new set that will focus on three lines: Melinda Looi Couture, Melinda Looi (pret-a-porter), and Emel by Melinda Looi. As the designer says: “Fashion is change.”

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The veteran designer, known for her love for combining avant garde and vintage fashion together, has multiple accolades under her belt. It comes as no surprise that Melinda Looi would showcase at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016 — after all, Malaysia is Looi’s home ground, where she won three Designer of the Year awards.

In the final part of our three-part KLFW designer highlight series (read our interview with Kit Woo and Nigel Chia), we talk to the designer on the biggest highlight of her fashion career to date, and her stance on showcasing fashion in Asia.

How did your love for combining avant garde and vintage fashion come about?

I have always loved vintage style since I was young. My favourite past time is going into vintage or antique or second hand shops and flea markets to be inspired. I love laces from the 18th century and accessories from the 20’s. I wouldn’t say that my pieces are avant-garde but more of adding an edgy and dramatic effect as they should always look spectacular for a show. I believe in making an old look new.

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