FERN launches Hari Raya Collection, Inspired by Morocco

Hey guys! I hope you’re all holding up well, wherever you are.

Hari Raya (Eid), which falls on May 23 this year, is just around the corner. Obviously it’s going to be a subdued affair – but I figured we all need something other than depressing reports on COVID 19, so here’s some exciting news for the fashionistas.

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Known for its elegant batik wear, local design house FERN has announced its latest Raya collection called The Moroccan Series – inspired by the landscape, beautiful nature, people as well as rich culture, history and traditions of Morocco. Blending Moorish architecture and nature motifs, the collection will feature FERN’s trademark designs blended with a variety of elements, from the landscapes of the Sahara desert and Atlas Mountains, the night sky filled with stars and the beautiful damask rose, to the intense blue tones of the little town of Chefchaouen, palm trees towering over its streets, and beautiful mosaic patterns filling the Medina of Fez.

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Fern Chua, founder and designer of Fern, says the inspiration for the collection came from a visit to Morocco last year.

“There is a certain charm to the elements found in Morocco. Being a Muslim country, there are many similar motifs that are also found here in Malaysia. A keen eye could see the interpretation and use of Islamic geometric influence in most Muslim countries. Combining local and foreign silhouettes while staying true to the FERN identity proves to be my biggest challenge. The similarities between the two countries is what I look to connect with for my Raya collection this year through the Moroccan Series,” she says.

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The Moroccan Series Raya collection will showcase 15 patterns which entails a mix of block prints and abstract prints drawn from the Sahara, palms and roses, and will have up to 20 looks – FERN’s biggest collection yet. Made with high quality natural materials and designed with versatility in mind, the Raya 2020 collection aims to create unique looks for individuals from all walks of life. In addition to the collection, a range of jewellery made by local Moroccan artists are also introduced to complete the looks.

Pre-orders for The Moroccan Series can be made online now on fern.gallery. 

Here are some more of my favourite looks from the collection! I like how some of them are suitable even for daily wear.

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**Photos courtesy of FERN. 

Kipling Summer/Pre-Fall Collection 2016

Bold colours and bright prints are the mainstay of Kipling’s Summer/Pre-Fall Collection 2016, which was launched recently in KL to much fanfare. They even had a whole double decker bus decorated with monkey shapes, while the inside was transformed into a mini showroom!

The jungle-y theme is in line with their sporty and fun brand identity. Founded in Belgium in 1987, it was named after Rudyard Kipling, the author of the Jungle Book.

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The collection on showcase was not limited to just one type : there were knapsacks, sling bags, shoulder bags, pouches, and even trolley bags for travelling! 🙂

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I love this classy black palette, with a touch of white. Would gladly add them to my wardrobe! 🙂

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Models, dressed in equally sporty prints, showing off Kipling bags for both men and women.

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Classy and stylish enough for work, but also sturdy enough to bring around.

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Spoilt for choice!

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Bags for any occasion.

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We sat down for a fashion show, with models showcasing the bags on the runway.

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The Kipling Summer bus will be heading around town this whole month of June, so if you spot it, try counting the nuber of monkeys on the bus and stand a chance to win bags!

More info on Kipling’s Facebook page.