From Lego cufflinks to handmade zodiac rings, this new online store has started its journey to curate the best of South East Asian fashion and home items for its shoppers.
Epik-Shop is a gem of a marketplace that quietly entered our radars at the end of 2015 and has since curated an impressive array of South East Asian labels for men and women clothing, accessories and home items.
Our overall impression of Epik-Shop is positive. The website is easy to use, visually appealing and carries items for both men and women.
The prices in Epik-Shop.com seem on the high side, with women’s clothing starting at RM38 for a t-shirt to RM350 for an overcoat. However, we like that the offerings are different from other online stores available, with Common Ground from Casey Gan and handmade Obi clutches from Moniko.
If you are looking to do some online shopping too, here are our editor’s picks from the store:
Cork Purse by Verdez Olivia, RM40
Enamel 3 -Tier Tiffin Carrier – Small (Smith) by Arcadia, RM49.90
Cynara Ruffle Bustier Crop Top (Navy) by Love, Bonito, RM119
Fukuro Obi Clutch by Moniko, RM349
Cufflinks | Finley Liberty Jailbird Orange by Zoo For People, RM84
Zalora’s largest online sale of 2015 has started and we think it is a great time to take advantage of the deep discounts to stock up for Christmas and Chinese New Year! Hurry, the sale is only for 3 days.
With discounts up to 80%, the 12.12 sale is a good time to stock up on clothes, especially if you have Christmas parties and year end dinners to go for. And since Chinese New Year is just around the corner (February 8), this would be a good time to also stock up on red items.
Here are our picks for items that are on sale, under RM100 and are great for both Chinese New Year and Christmas:ZALORA Festive Luxe Fit & Flare Dress RM 99 (NP:RM109)Megane Vintage Long Sleeve Lace Mini Dress RM99 (NP: RM209)
nichii Knee Length Dress RM89.91 (NP: RM99.90)f block Short Sleeve Lace Blouse RM27 (NP: RM39)Lowela Crochet Lace Crop Top RM69.90 (NP: RM87)Dorothy Perkins Rust Embellished Top RM96 (NP: RM193)
Here is a recap of our favorite fashion moments at Malaysia Fashion Week 2015 November 4-7 2015:
Malaysia Fashion Week 2015 has just ended it’s three day run at Matrade Exhibition & Convention Center with much pomp and circumstance; from trade exhibitions to fashion shows, showcasing over 100 local and regional fashion designers/labels.
Since 100 pictures would be overkill, here are 6 fashion pieces that made the Venusbuzz team debate endlessly:
1. That Wig-Hat Combination
Is it a wig? Is it a hat? Does it come in Asian black hair? So elegant, yet so quirky. We love it!
2. That Face Mask
The Venusbuzz team had a love-hate relationship with this flower inspired outfit. The mask was beautiful enough to stop us from Instagramming our shoes… but we wished that the accompanying dress have more structure.
From: Emma Rachman (Singapore)
3. That Teddy Bear
Fairuz Ramdan is undoubtedly a fan favorite, having won awards almost yearly since he launched his menswear label in 2011.
Finally branching out to womenswear in 2015, he has translated his popular polo tees designs to female-friendly proportions. Our favorite accessory is undoubtedly the teddy bear necklace.
From: Fairuz Ramdan (Malaysia)
4. That Jacket
Interesting yet elegant. Perfect outerwear for a day-to-night outfit.
From: Jihnoy (Korea)
5. That Outfit
Artistic and well-crafted.
From: Yuna Yun (Singapore)
6. That Entire Collection
Venusbuzz team’s favorite menswear collection from the entire show. With a heavy emphasis on nature and comfort (it is the Spring/Summer collection after all), we liked the floral knee length coat the most.
This imgur user shared a dress that quietly went viral all over US.
The user revealed that female meteorologists are wearing the same US$23 dress from Amazon.
Meteorologists revealed that they are not allowed to have short hemlines, lace, or cleavage, Refinery 29 reports. Solid colors also avoid creating a busy pattern on camera.
“Many stations even have consultants that come in and tell you colors you should and shouldn’t wear,” KOCO meteorologist Shelby Hays tells Tech Insider (white is bad and green would vanish with the green screen).
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a good pair of denims is like your best friend.
They are comfortable, easy to use, fits like a glove and can be used casually or smart casual (if youhave the right pair).
How do you actually take care of denim to get the most out of them?
Here are some tips:
1. Don’t Wash New Raw Denim
This may sound strange to some people, but you really shouldn’t wash new denim. Raw denims (the best type) can take up to 6 months to break in. And you really shouldn’t wash it until then.
This allows the denim to conform to you and not lose its shape.
2. Jeans You Can Wash Often
I know most of us would get a pre-washed or treated pair of denims. These often come with a faded look, or other trendy designs.
This type of denim can be wash more often. But note that the more you wash them, the more they lose their colour. So best to not do it too often.
3. Keep Them Odor Free
Since you are not supposed to wash them so often, you need to keep them odor free; the easiest way to achieve this, by air drying your denims after use.
You can also hang them in the bathroom as you take a shower and the steam will freshen them up.
4. Wash Denim Inside Out
When it does come time to wash your denims, do so inside out. This will help prevent fading of your jeans.
But if you want the faded look, wash them once with hot water.
5. Air Dry After Wash
To prolong the life of your favorite pair of denims, do not spin dry. Instead take them out of the washing machine (while they are still a little damp) and lay them flat or upside down to dry.
6. Let Your Denim Breath
Denim fibers need to breathe. So don’t over pack your folded denims too tightly together.
Or hang them in an overcrowded space.
Didn’t get your hands on a H&M x Balmain piece? Here are a few H&M x Balmain alternatives:
H&M launched its the much awaited collection a few days ago on November 5, 2015.
The fans queued and waited patiently for hours, for the doors to open to them.
Some had even been waiting a day before.
The H&M x Balmain collection didn’t take long to sell out.
So whether you missed it or just want a piece to emulate the look, here are a few alternative pieces to check out:
1. Sequin-embroidered Dress
Alternative: ASOS NIGHT Metallic Wrap Plunge Mini Bodycon Dress
2. Wool Jacket with Satin Lapels
Alternative: ZALORA Pant Suit Jacket
Modify the jacket with some gold buttons, to get a similar look.
3. Velvet Dress with Braiding
Alternative: ASOS Skater Dress With Empire Line in Velvet
4. Beaded Velvet Dress
Alternative: ASOS NIGHT Armour Sweetheart Mini Bodycon Dress
5. Leather Jacket
Alternative: ASOS Leather Biker Jacket in Boxy Fit
6. Velvet Tuxedo Jacket
Alternative: ZALORA Festive Sueded Luxe Tuxedo Jacket
Again modify the buttons to make it look closer to the one above.
7. Striped Silk Blouse
Alternative: One Teaspoon Le Player Dress in Stripe
8. Sandal Boots
Alternative: Missguided Heeled String Gladiator Sandal
9. Suede Boots
Alternative: Vero Moda Sofia Leather Buckle Biker Boots
10. Leather Biker Pants
Don’t want to buy or make a costume for Halloween? Here are some places for Halloween Costume Rentals:
Halloween is just around the corner and that means parties, costumes and a night of fun.
If you are stumped on where to rent one, here are some places in KL that you could visit:
This shop is literally located in the center of KL.
They have costumes for adults and children ranging from 1920’s themed and Cosplay and Video Games inspired. You can also buy special effect/ stage makeup to complete your look.
With over 20,000 costumes, Costumes ‘N’ Parties is one of the largest costumes boutiques in KL.
Their store is a nice studio like outlet with visual interesting decorations – recently a spooky theme for Halloween.
They try to update their collection with the latest costumes as soon as possible.
For example, they already have the latest Star Wars costumes from the 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie.
Cost: RM60 to RM170 each for a three-day rental.
The Weld, #L2-09, Level 2, 76,
Jalan Raja Chulan,50200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2164 8184
Mon-Fri: 11AM – 8PM
Sat: 11AM – 6PM
Sun and Public Holidays: Closed
They have a wide variety of costumes for you to pick from.
From Alice in Wonderland and Red Riding Hood to Batman and Superman, you can even have your costume made to order.
Costumes Empire also has a selection of fancy dresses, different coloured wigs and accessories.
Cost: RM80 – RM100 for a three-day rental
Penthouse Suite 7.07, 7th Floor Wisma Central,
Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mon- Fri: 10AM – 8PM
Sat: 10AM – 6PM
Sun and Public Holidays: Closed
Unit B-1-23A, Block Bougainvillea,
10 Boulevard, SPRINT Highway, Petaling Jaya.
Contact: 0111-5713652 or 03-77311886
This store has 6000+ costumes to choose from for either adults or children – ranging from Cowboys, Cosplay, Uniforms, Lady Gaga to cultural based costumes.
Cool part is that they are able to customize all kinds of costumes, and prices will depend on the design.
More than 95% of their costumes are design and made by their tailors right here in Malaysia.
Cost: RM60 – RM500 for a three to four-day rental.
No.44-2, Jalan 24/70 A,
Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur,
Contact: 03-2300 2048 or 012-440 2048
Mon-Fri: 11AM – 7.30PM
Sat: 11AM – 5PM
Sun And Public Holidays: Closed
Costume World’s selection features Star Wars Characters, mascots, as well as ethnic themed costumes, among others.
They have different variations and styles for every category that they have.
So you and your friends can go as the same character, but with different outfits.
Although they buy the costumes and accessories, they will often modify them to improve on the overall look of the items.
Cost: RM60 – RM150 per costume rental
B-3A-17 Pusat Perdagangan Pelangi Square,
Persiaran Surian PJU 6, Pelangi Damansara, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Contact: 03-7729 7332
Mon – Fri: 11AM – 7PM
Sat: 11AM – 4PM
Sun and Public Holidays: Closed
Abracadabra houses a selection of over 3000 costumes for rent and accessories such as hats, mask, props, among others.
There are costume available for adults and children – even as young as pre-school kids.
They cater for a variety of events such as TV commercials, stage shows, theater and music production – and take very good care of their costumes.
Costume themes range from cartoon characters, Wild Wild West, Pirates and more.
Most of their costumes are imported and they have just replenish for this coming Halloween.
Cost: RM45 – RM 350 per costume rental
Abracadabra Costume Rental
No 2-1, Prima Avenue 3, Jalan Cenuk 2,
Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.
Contact: +603- 8071 7950 or +603- 8071 7951
Mon – Fri: 11AM – 7.30PM
Sat: 11AM – 4.30PM
Sun and Public Holidays: Closed
Fashion is more than just clothes, its style and presentation, and makeup plays a big part. New York Fashion Week saw models strutting down the runway with latest the fashion world has to offer for Spring/Summer 2016 collections. And with upcoming clothing trends being showcased, beauty trends naturally followed.
Yahoo Beauty’s editor-in-chief recently appeared on with Good Morning America says that three big beauty trends stood out at Fashion Week.
“The entire look for the season is all about natural, comfortable, easy and it doesn’t take a lot of work” – Bobbi Brown
1. “No Makeup” Makeup
A big trend at Fashion Week was the no makeup look. Bobbi Brown says it can be worn with a nude lip or bright red lips, similar to the models at the Jason Wu show.
Bobbi Brown said in the interview “Some designers sent models down the runway without a stitch of makeup on, just some moisturizer”
Though Brown notes that the models are in their 20’s, making this trend a “don’t try at home”. We suggest go for it if you are bold enough.
2. Accented Nails
A trend that was spotted by Brown was the Accented Nails. She says “A black dot, a white stripe and then colors coordinating with the clothes on the side of the nail,” talking about the looks seen on the runways of Tibi, Public School and Adam Selman.
Brown says that this is a very modern trend and easy to apply, and definitely something to try at home.
3. Beachy, Wavy Hair
Brown describes the hair trend as “kind of a downtown, cool girl.” Noting that there shouldn’t be too many curls and just a little bit of waves.
Brown does suggest pulling out the curler and trying it yourself.
You can find and purchase beauty products here.
The event was hosted by the beautiful Sarah Lian, and was attended by other notable celebrities. Also at the event to launch the new redesign concept was Coach’s very own Mr. Ian Bickley the president of Coach International Group, Mr. Andrew Stanlieck, President of Coach South East Asia and Oceania, and Mr. Andrew Brien, Executive Director & CEO of Suria KLCC.
Fans waited eagerly for the Korean-American star to arrive. Jay Park had been invited to launch the new store and of course to participate in the ‘Ribbon Cutting’ ceremony to commemorate the event.
Jay Park, whom was using a Coach Backpack, arrived to the enthusiastic screams of his fans, to welcome him. The Korean-American Superstar is a singer, dancer, rapper, music producer, songwriter, model, choreographer, entrepreneur, and actor. He is also a member of the Art of Movement (AOM), a Seattle-based break dancing crew.
His rise to fame began with South Korean Boy Band 2PM. He released his first solo mini album in 2011, ‘Take A Deeper Look’, which went multi-platinum and was the only solo artist to win ‘Record of the Year’ at the 2011 Golden Disk Awards. In 2012 he released a full-length album ‘New Breed‘ and an English mixtape ‘Fresh Air, Breath It’. The Pop Star also performed at the 2014 South by South West (SXSW) as a Korean pop representative.
The highlight of the Coach Reopening Event was of course the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, where Jay Park along side Mr. Ian Bickley, Mr. Andrew Stanlieck, and Mr. Andrew Brien, officially launch the new concept store to the Malaysian Public.