Monday, February 17

Designer Alia Bastamam makes East M’sian debut


Alia (centre) is flanked by Amalina and MUD House creative director Kelvin Eng.

KUCHING: Designer Alia Bastamam began her East Malaysian debut last month with an exclusive Trunk Show in collaboration with interior decoration gallery MUD House.

She showcased her latest Raya 2019 Collection, along with her Resort, Fall/Winter, and Garden of Babylon collections.

“I have a special place in my heart for my Kuching friends because they have the biggest and warmest hearts. I was especially pleased to meet more people from Sarawak, show them my designs, and have a chat and laugh at the same time,” Alia said in a press release.

MUD House managing director Amalina Arip said it was spectacular to see all of Alia’s sophisticated garments matching with their furniture – a design dream.

Apart from existing and new clientele from Kuching, Alia also welcomed guests from Brunei, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

“It’s interesting to learn about a different fashion sense and taste of the people of Kuching. They love colour and prints, and I’m glad that my designs could cater to their individual style, which I love!” added Alia.

The Trunk Show was a pre-event to the GA/YA 2019 Charity Fashion Party held at The Hills by Style Series.

Style Series showcased a collection by Malaysian designers to raise funds for Meeting Needs – a non-profit organisation which financially aids the disabled from less fortunate families.

Besides Alia, the other designers were Datuk Tom Abang Saufi, Syomirizwa Gupta, Andy Sulaiman, Tarik Jeans, Yacutha Borneo, TeeCode, Sab2, Melor and Mastuli Khalid.

Style Series founder Geraldine Sim said the crossover would benefit local designers greatly.

“The event has been curated with our local community in mind and we are very grateful for the overwhelming support we have received. It is the collective generous spirit of our community that has driven the success of GA/YA.

“We are extremely proud of the models from Style Series’ fast-track modelling workshops, who rocked the runway of GA/YA. Sarawak has so much to offer in terms of talent in design, art and fashion, and to be able to nurture and develop this within our capacity is a fulfilment beyond words,” she said.