The Kuala Lumpur – Jakarta Islamic Fashion Festival 2007 is the brainchild of Dato’ Raja Rezza Shah and it is his vision to both grow Islamic fashion with more varied design and creations as well as to turn the 2 capitals Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta into preferred fashion destinations.Held on the 18th November 2007 at the beautiful Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, an amazing array of fashion was on parade; from the traditional to designs made by handicrafted fabric and items such as batik and songket right up to contemporary designs that challenge the boundries of fashion itself.
“While it prides itself (the Islamic Fashion Festival) in presenting an avenue for Muslims with different levels of religious understanding and readiness to accept Islamic wear with a varied choice of stlyes, it is also important to note that IFF gives the non-Muslims a better understanding of the trends and styles of Islamic wear.”, says Dato’ Rezza.
This fashion festival was indeed able to show just that as models paraded down the catwalk with designs from 50 of Malaysia and Indonesia’s greatest designers, presenting everything from office wear to casual wear to bridal wear, swim wear and designs suitable for the grandest of functions.
Among the most noteworthy were the collections from Melinda Looi, titled “Flight of the Party Swan” with her daring collection that takes everyone from their wildest fantasies with beautifully detailed depictions of butterflies and flowers, brave swathes of color eye-catching yet elegent colors; to wearable and practical outfits that is guaranteed to turn heads.
Among other collections of note were Tangoo, which fielded their collection titled, “Arabian Desert” that boggles the mind and Jovian Mendagie with a beautifully concise and well-thought out show titled, “Warriors of Sahara”.