31 October 2013

Designer Focus | Harry Halim - SS2014 Collection

We continue our series this month dedicated to designers we love from Asia by introducing Harry Halim to you, now the first thing that will capture your attention when looking at the collections he has made in the past is his remarkable ability to transform a simple garment into an extraordinary art piece. We got a glimpse of his new SS2014 collection back in September but decided that we'd rather wait for the right time to write about him. I must admit, we were blown away by the latest collection in particular, with items that seem so complicated and full of energy yet surprisingly easy to wear, that's actually when you come to realize that Harry has what is simply called raw talent, he's definitely the go-to guy if you want a beautifully done avant-garde piece. From what I can see, a Harry Halim woman is a lady who's not worried about being stared at, confident, elegantly risqué and sultry. I personally have always loved easy looking clothing because I worship accessorizing an outfit more than anything however his collection does make me want to re-consider my style for the upcoming year. -Amal Ismail
About The Designer
Harry Halim – Indonesian - Paris based designer -has trail-blazed his star into ascendancy by honing his delicately crafted, immaculately tailored vision of women since 2006. His first womenswear collection was launched in 2006 in Singapore where he was formerly based. He was crowned as a winner at the Asian Young Designer Contest that same year and also announced at the Mercedes-Benz Asia Fashion Awards. In 2007 he presented his second collection at the Singapore Fashion Festival while continuing his refined aesthetic of dangerous sophisticated elegance. This was quickly followed with a fully-fledged third collection that showed at Singapore Fashion Week the next year, which drew impressive response from international press and buyers who loved him as a modern couturier. In 2008, Harry Halim was awarded Best Asian Designer of the Year and was featured in the International industry-go-to compendium, Asian Young Fashion Designers. In the same year 2008 he relocated to Paris. Commencing the industry with his successful debut collection for Fall/Winter 2010 in Paris Fashion Week, he gained positive and impressive responses by International press. After being accepted in the official Paris Fashion Week, up until today he is regarded as the only Indonesian fashion designer ever accepted by Fédération Française de la couture, du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode and to present collections in Paris Fashion Week official schedule. With his distinctive modern- dark beauty - romanticism and sensual aesthetic collection, whether saints or sinners, he always carries out imaginative, deeply provocative and highly glamorous vision through every pieces of his work.

 |VENA| Spring/Summer 2014 Collection
This season, HARRYHALIM woman has grown up to be more sophisticated yet remains in the same universe of dark beauty. The previous collections are revisited and intensely explored through the new techniques in hand crochet and new tailoring. Vena is a Latin word that means vein, which brings us back to blood. Red is the key color of the collection, by discreet but necessary touches to make us penetrate the designer‘s world. He imagines the garments that represent the mystery of human anatomy, looking into the dark side of beauty and the unknown human interior that creates world where whimsical and surreal, romance and regret behind all our human skin.This collection, the designer explores experimental fabrication to very feminine luxury sheer materials. Combining the semi-couture pieces and prêt-à-porter, this DNA has become the personal touch of the brand. Every pieces is designed in the designer’s Parisian studio with detailing craftsmanship. All garments represent the unique signature of Harry Halim.

 Harry Halim tears through geographical and conceptual borders in aid of 
growth of his creativity.
 – Gala Fashion Paris

Harry Halim brings back the great cutting of raw punk in his genius touch of design.
 – InStyle Magazine

The collection of Harry Halim has its smart way to seduce with a chill.
 – Vogue Italy

Great craftsmanship and details, a true unique collection of the year.
Elle Singapore 

Elegant pieces that accentuate your figure at its best
 Solange Knowles in Fashion Night out, New York 

The brand is currently distributed in:
Paris, Florence, Milan, San Francisco,  
Khobar, Odessa and Kiev 

30 October 2013

LMA Styling Guide | How To Wear Glamorous Halloween Looks

Label Lab Faux leather split pencil skirt, Alexander McQueen - Skull-embellished flap wallet, Lancome -L'Absolu Rouge BX 253 Brun Evasion, Christian Louboutin - Queue de Pie patent leather pumps, Dolce & Gabbana - Gold-plated filigree crown, Lanvin - Gold-plated Cool Ring, Asos -Vintage Look Jewel Earrings, Jonathan Simkhai - Metallic bouclé bustier

YVES SAINT LAURENT - Supreme Bouquet, Delfina Delettrez - skull ring, Estelle Deve - Gold Plated Tiaa Ring Set, Gianvito Rossi - Leather pumps, Kotur - Rockefeller mirrored shell clutch, Mary Katrantzou - Crossbridge intarsia angora-blend sweater dress, Burberry London - Leather and wool-blend felt cape, Joomi Lim - Baroque crystal and spike necklace

Carven - Metallic Green Wool Bomber Jacket, Lulu Guinness - Perspex lips clutch bag, Saint Laurent - Skinny leather trousers, Lancome - L'Absolu Rouge BX 150 Rouge Odyssée, Shourouk - BLONDIE FOLK CRYSTAL EARRINGS, Burberry - MANNERS LACE-UP BOOTS

Styling by: Amal Ismail
Lamodarabia.com Via Motilo

26 October 2013

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