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    Trending – Pyjamas as Glamour Wear

    It was not too long ago when it was all the rage to wear your inner wear as outerwear. Think camisole, silk slip-ons, corsets, etc. Now, there seems to be an unlikely hit trend of wearing your pyjamas as daywear?

    The idea of wearing your pyjamas out is not new actually. It first made an appearance in the early 2000 and has since popped out throughout the years in 2009 and 2011. Now, they are back with a vengeance.

    No thanks to stars like Rihanna, Salma Hayek and Tilda Swinton who were spotted in silky numbers. Designer, Stella McCartney also created a whole collection for her “Pyjamas Party” Spring/Summer 2012 wear where she featured block-printed silky pyjamas and fitted pants ensemble. Even Louis Vuitton has put out a $1200 (RM3672) plush PJs for its Vuitton Resort 2012 collection.

    This season, the runway has been abuzz with sleepwear sets of tops and bottoms in funky prints, bright colours, luxe fabrics and flirty lace. Major retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret and H&M are also banking on this new fashion hit with their take on the whole PJs business.

    If this trend takes off, it would be not too far off to see women jumping out of bed and ditching the idea of getting dressed altogether. It is effortless and a tad too comfortable to say the least. The out of bed look is sure to get people to look twice.

    How to pull off the pyjamas look?

    Get the right fit. Don’t get pieces that are too loose and you’ll end up looking sloppy and slouchy. The best bet is to get a snugged fit which will highlight your body yet not too tight that you look like a sack of potatoes.

    Mix and match. Wear a silk buttoned down top paired with tailored pants and blazer for a chic smart look. If you’re daring enough, get a top and long bottom set in solid colour or wild prints and accessorise with high heels, clutch and chunky jewellery.

    Keep it short. This will flatter most people; wear your pyjamas top with a matching short to avoid the ‘ready-for-bed’ look. Cinch with a thin belt and dress up with high heels for added sophistication.

    Know your fabric. Material counts when it comes to wearing pyjamas as daywear. Sure, cotton are the most comfy but consider silk and lace for a sexier appeal. Also, know your prints – paisley and floral are cute, animal and geometry are fierce.

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    Bridal Trends: Dresses for 2013 Brides

    Over-the-top tiers, headpieces and sleeves are all the rage for blushing brides of 2013

    Before anything else is said, let’s just set one thing straight: I am a sucker for wedding. I mean, who doesn’t? From forcing my way as close as possible to the isle when my height was no more than 100cm, to watching the tearjerkers that are proposals and wedding videos – wedding is undoubtedly one of life’s finest moments to witness.

    The recent Bridal Fashion Week has got us ‘ooh!’ and ‘aah!’ – ing with its inventive trends yet the traditional look doesn’t completely disappear. At the end of the day, there is a certain bride look we’d like to maintain upon being a bride, although that black lace dress from Vera Wang has got us playing with the idea of a totally unconventional wedding.

    Kate Middleton and her Alexander McQueen wedding dress still heavily impacts the bridal trend for 2013, with Temperley London and Monique Lhuillier fronting the modest bride troops. Traditional veil morphs into fancy headpieces, as recently seen on newlywed Anne Hathaway. Vera Wang goes back to basic by showcasing an all-white collection where layers and tiers are the main draws, after 2 seasons of avant-garde, dark-hued wedding dresses.

    If you have just secured a date for next year, or your man just popped the question, it is the right time to start planning your wedding dress. Here, we recap the best of 2013 bridal trends.

    See-through neckline

    Modest is the word to describe this latest bridal trend which sees a higher neckline on top of the main one, that goes up to the collarbone. The see-through addition puts a whimsical touch to classic sweetheart-necklined number. If Zooey Deschanel ever decides to walk the isle again, we imagine this would be the kind of dress she wears.

    Lace detailing

    What’s a wedding dress without the lace and frills, really? Lace is beautifully combined with shape-defining dresses this season, shifting away from the heavy, grandma-like end results.

    Over-the-top tiers

    Gone were the days of dome-like wedding skirts. Shape-defining gowns and over-the-top tiered skirts are where it’s really at right now. Vera Wang leads the march with dreamy, seamless layered dresses that make us think of ballerinas. If you are on the edgy side, opt for wedding cake-like dress as exemplified by Douglas Hannant.

    Sleeves

    This one is music to our ears since most of us are always self-conscious about how our arms look like in pictures. Channeling vintage wedding dresses, the sleeved wedding dress trend has remained since the day Kate Middleton walked the isle. Our favourite must be the full-on body-hugging lace number from Monique Lhuillier.

    Headpieces

    Anne Hathaway received both nods and head shakes over the Bohemian headpiece by Marchesa she sported on her wedding day. It turns out that the starlet is way ahead of trend, seeing how designers exchange veil with playful headpieces including floral hair adornment. Lebanese designer Reem Acra brings the best of both worlds – veil and headpiece – in her latest collection with gorgeous headband clad in veil; reminds us of Jasmine from Aladdin!

    Beads galore

    A trend that hits close to home, designers are looking to the East and come up with Indian-inspired beaded wedding dresses. As seen on Marchesa, beads detailing cover the shoulders beautifully, putting a glamorous and intricate touch into wedding dresses. Badgley Mischka turns a traditional wedding dress into a trendy one by creating gorgeous patterns all over it using beads.

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    Fashion Friday: Outfit Inspirations for K-Pop Concert Goers

    The answers to your ‘what to wear to T-ARA / Wonder Girls / Big Bang concert’ dilemmas.

    October is arriving in a blink and many Malaysians have all but one reason to be excited about it. ‘Tis the biggest month for local K-pop lovers because Big Bang, Wonder Girls and T-ARA are performing live in Malaysia! All those hours of tickets queueing and song memorising will finally be worth it.

    Our Korean idols are not only big on stage act, but also for their all out outfits ranging from studs, over-the-top leather jackets and whimsical dresses. A true concert goer would know that THE outfit is a big part of the concert experience itself – it sets you in the mood and helps you get the pre-gig thrill. In short, it is the time to dress to the nines and bring the K-Pop in you out!

    The key to Korean style dressing is to put a touch of tailoring in any outfit you are wearing – most commonly seen in pants and jacket. For most parts of your look, opt for subtlety with plain tops or go loud with printed items. Accessories, including shoes are vital as to put an identity to your Korean look.

    We are spending our Friday to get you inspired for the big events, and here goes! Forget geeky glasses, and be in the lookout for blings, denim and patterns. You can thank us later when T.O.P or GD winks at you and your sassy outfit from the stage.

    1. Cool hobo look

    The instant way to get the Korean look is to don an oversized top, be it printed shirt, raw-cut tees or hoodies. Match the top with tailored khakis to balance the combo out, or laxed the look with a whimsical skirt. Put on a pair of clashing patterned socks on top of your oxford shoes and there you have the cool hobo look.

    2. Clean lines

    What differentiates Korean and Japanese fashion is that the former sports more clean lines and tailored items – resulting in a minimalistic sartorial getups. Crisp white shirt is a must-have whilst lapeled blazers in light hues would make for great compliment to the look. For a change, pair your faux leather skater dress with a sheer white shirt and earthy-toned blazer.

    3. Sexy with an edge

    If you can’t stop browsing for 2NE1 and Big Bang’s outfits in between work, you’d better put your stalking skills into good use and try on the edgy look for Big Bang’s Malaysian gig. Splash bright colours on your hair, put on your smoky eyes and rock those biker jackets and jet black pants. To stay comfortable, however, choose sensible strappy shoes over tower-high ankle.

    4. Sassy school girl

    Arguably the most popular fashion style from Korea (although a  similar version could also be found in Japan), the school girl look has been adapted in many parts of the world. Whimsical and girly, the Wonder Girls-appropriate look is identical with flare skirt, suspender and hair accessories. To add some concert practicality to your school girl look, we’d suggest adding colourful stocking or long socks with the outfit.

    5. Gangnam style

    Love it or hate it, no K-pop list is complete without the presence of Psy Oppa and his horse-riding dance move. To represent the posh district of Gangnam, infuse some glamour into your outfit. Dig out your blings, metallic pants or embellished top and put on your best tai-tai mode to ace the look.

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    Venusbuzz Picks: Top 10 Items from H&M Malaysia

    The smartest fashionistas come prepared. Here’s your cheatsheet to H&M Malaysia, opening on September 22 @ Lot10.

    The city is high in anticipation, with H&M opening in a few days’ time. The Swedish brand is best known for its revolutionary move of bringing high fashion to high street – to us. With the collaboration history with Lanvin, Versace and Anna Dello Russo among others, it is not too much to regard H&M as a fashionista’s wet dreams come true.

    The last we heard, the sign is up at Lot10, Bukit Bintang – lending us a glimpse of the 36,000 feet square retail outlet. Expect a double eye candy treats since the ever-so-gorgeous Lana del Rey and Swedish-American actor Joel Kinnaman are the faces who model the Autumn/Winter ’12 collection at H&M, which is debuting once the Lot 10 outlet opens.

    After the exciting collection preview in June, the H&M Malaysia website is finally up – confirming the affordability of the items as we have been told before. We have picked 10 items that will spice up your wardrobe and make great staple pieces without making you look like a sweaty polar bear in the streets of KL.

    Expect the crowd to be wild and loud on September 22 – so come armed and prepared to the affordable fashion battle.

    1. Working girl dress – RM79.90

    The elegant dress with faux leather lining would accentuate your curves without over-exploiting it the way a lycra bodycon dress does. Throw in a slim-fitting nude blazer and a pair of black leather loafers for the maximum dragon lady effect.

    1. Tribal jeans – RM79.90

    We have seen tribal tops and nails all over Pinterest but tribal jeans? Wonderful! The statement bottom will make for a great day and night out ensembles – paired with your plain loose tees or if you are daring enough – the black embellished top from H&M.

    1. White shirt with printed sides – RM99.90

    We dig prints on the sides for it gives an instant slimming effect, not to mention it is utterly chic. This blouse is a perfect example of those characteristics, and would look great with both nude chinos and tailored highwaisted shorts.

    1. Tartan boyish shorts – RM99.90

    When we think boyfriend’s fashion items for ladies – we think oversized shirts and loose blue jeans. But boy, these tartan shorts are well-tailored in its boyishness – reminding us of effortlessly stylish cyclists of Paris. Pair them up with buttoned-up shirt and a pair of brogues for a twist in a Sunday getup.

    1. Pearly statement necklace – RM69.90

    In the midst of over-the-top statement necklaces of the season, this necklace catches the eye in its subtlety. Whilst it is great enough to be worn to a wedding party, it also blends in pretty well with your daily outfits. For maximum effect, wear your hair in low chignon (a la Kate Middleton at KLCC Park).

    1. Short blazer – RM99.90

    A blazer, a biker jacket, or both? This tweed-like blazer is a must have for its brilliant statement, making it a timeless investment. If your monthly shopping allowance is gone with the wind even before H&M opens, opt for this one and nothing else.

    1. Statement pants – RM79.90

    Autumn/winter is the best time to stock up on pants – especially statement pants. Trends may come and go but one can always use a little statement to spice up an ordinary getup. We picked these pants for the tailoring could still pass as a semi-formal office wear besides the lovable splash of colours.

    1. Faux suede court shoes in wine – RM149.90

    Wine is among the main hues of the season, and it makes perfect shade for the court shoes because it is dark and regal without appearing dull. Need more convincing to put the pair in your wishlist? Wine compliments our Asian skin very well.

    1. Leather skirt with zippers in teal – RM79.90

    This is by far the trendiest item in Venus Picks, as it incorporates two Autumn/Winter trends: leather and teal. Its short hem makes it wearable in our always-tropical weather, while we reckon it would be picture-perfect for your night out ensemble. Or if like us, you are in the creative line, you can wear it to the events. Double yays.

    1. Peplum floral top – RM49.90

    Peplum is still big and will predictably stay that way at least until half of next year. What we love about this top is its subtle peplum, a smart compromise for those who are still waist-conscious while wearing the trend. The dark, almost-abstract floral point is another high note – making dressing up a lot easier because all you need to add is a basic pencil skirt or a pair of dark blue jeans.

    Stay tuned for our  in-store updates from the media preview of H&M Malaysia @ Lot 10 tomorrow. To see the full collection of H&M Malaysia, head over to the official website. H&M Malaysia at Lot 10, Bukit Bintang will be open for public on September 22 at 11am.

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    Fashion Friday: Dressing Up Tips for Raya

    How to not let your kebaya gets in the way of meeting the family members and feasting to the heart’s content.

    Just like any other festivity – it is about looking your best besides celebrating with the family after a month of controlling basic humanly desires. A classic conflict of interests always occur prior to a moment as important as this; between wanting to look great and staying comfortable during silaturahim with the nears and dears.

    Whilst you would not want a splash of rendang on your baju kurung, it is bound to happen at some point or another. To this, we suggest choosing cotton over satin during your nephews’ visit. Other than that, we have compiled five dressing up tips to ensure your style and comfort during days of Raya.

    1. Keep it loose with kebaya, baju kurung and maxi dress

    Raya requires you to walk around, squatting down, even a bit of running around if you are in charge of babysitting the little rascals for the day.

    • For that, we would suggest you to don slightly loose baju kurungs instead of the tight ones. Mind the skirt too – straight cut is better than mermaid cut if you were to move around.
    • Another option you can explore is turning the maxi dresses you already have into baju Raya – match them with tudung or turban if you’d like to, and you won’t have to be confused over the clothes for the third or fourth day of the festivities.
    • If you choose to wear baju kebaya, it is best to opt for the modern cut, with shorter hemlines that allow you to move freely.

    Products info: Kohlur pink maxi dress, RM199. Ethnic Chic baju kurung, RM109. Sazzy Falak is wearing baju kebaya by Bhumi Batik.

    2. Mind the materials & colours

    Blessed be those with not-so-active sweat glands. But for some of us who easily sweat – it is crucial to choose the materials of our baju raya wisely. For day use, opt solely for cotton – nothing quite beats its ability to absorb sweat. For night use, quality chiffon and satin win for their versatility. Be sure to use quality chiffon for cheap chiffon would only worsen the sweating case.

    Colour-wise, opt for light hues namely pastel yellow and white (depending on the material) to disguise sweat stains. While black and darker colours would be good to hide sweat stains, you would also be attracting more heat – thus making you perpetually hot and sweaty! Patterns make for great disguise, too.

    Products info: OOH! patterned baju kurung, RM199. Kohlur white chiffon kaftan top, RM129. Mekar dark green kaftan, RM220.

    3. The accessories department

    Those plain baju raya call for pretty accessories. Intricate bib necklaces with pearl and stone detailings would do you a great favour, whilst chandelier earrings would help you achieve the all-special look for the festivities. Besides that, the must-have brooches!

    If there’s a no-no, it would be non-precious metals for those who are prone to skin rashes during sweating. Make sure they are placed under your clothing, or else replace them with silver and gold.

    Products info: Sevendays chain gem stone necklace, RM89. Lush Icon dropped earrings, RM288. Mekar antique brooch, RM146.

    4. Fuss-free shoes

    The long hemlines of baju kurung are best paired with heeled shoes, although kitten heels are definitely not an option due to impracticalities. Opt for wedges or platform heels, rounded toe over pointed ones. Also, leave any strappy shoes at home – Mary janes, anklets, and T-bar shoes are not meant for the occasion whereby taking off shoes are done multiple times in a day.

    Also remember to make sure if you’re reusing old shoes that they’re still in tip-top condition; the last thing you want is for everyone to see the state of your dirty insoles when you take your shoes off!

    Products info: Nawal Jes pearl platform court heels, RM550. Kiss & Tell floral wedges, RM79. Charles & Keith wedged sandals, approx. RM133.

    5. The tudung tips

    Some women have experienced hair health problems, including balding, caused by prolonged wear of tudungs. The key is to choose smooth materials namely satin and silk to prevent hair falls. Another tip is to mind the fit of your headscarf – make sure it is not too tight as to cause headache, excessive sweating, and hair damage.

    Products info: Sugarscarf printed headscarf, RM37. Mukaa two-toned satin scarf, RM29. Butik Cymus bawal matahari, RM15.

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    Samsung & MODA Celebrate Malaysian Young Designers

    It is about innovation, thinking out of the box, and going all out at Samsung x MODA’s Young Designers Showcase.

    Gone were the days when the fashion industry was solely about tough competitions. Or at least the very recent MODA’s Young Designers Showcase has proven so. To celebrate its 22nd anniversary, MODA collaborated with Samsung to pick 10 homegrown designer teams who were given the chance to translate ‘celebrating innovation’ into stylish designs. Their avant-garde designs were then judged by Malaysian fashion gurus including MODA President’s Gillian Hung, and ‘King of Fashion’ Bernard Chandran.

    Staying true to their innovative mindset, each team had to come up with a masterpiece design for the sleek Samsung Galaxy SIII’s flip cover besides producing a mini fashion collection of three apparels. The winning team may see their flip cover design being mass produced by Samsung in the future.

    “We believe in providing opportunities for the youth of today, and the Young Designers Showcase is an excellent platform to do so. We also believe that the partnership with MODA provides fresh talents with an ideal stage to push the boundaries of their creativity in design,” said Vincent Chong, Head of Mobile Phone Division, Samsung Malaysia Electronics Sdn Bhd.

    Rhea Benson, headed by designer Rhea Tan, stole the judges’ hearts and was crowned fashion design team winner with their elegant futuristic collection in nude hues. The collection also featured architectural head ornaments alongside each outfit, making the combo a complete showstopper. As a winning team, each of Rhea Benson’s team member walked away with a Samsung Galaxy SIII. Meanwhile, the top three Samsung GALAXY S III flip cover designs earned its designers, Julia Leong, Eddie Cheow and Frisca Dewi Mulia, RM2,000 cash prize respectively.

    MODA is a not-for-profit organisation by local designers that aims to nurture the Malaysian fashion industry. Founded in 1990, the organisation has continuously support young designers to establish their paths in Malaysia. The likes of Beatrice Looi, Carven Ong, and Eric Choong will present their collections in conjunction with MODA’s 22nd anniversary this year.

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    Fashion Friday: Dressing Up a la Asian Female Icons

    Get a taste of Aung San Suu Kyi, Michelle Yeoh & Yuna to brave the dog eat dog world.

    Aung San Suu Kyi recently received her long overdue Nobel Peace Prize Award, 21 years later. Home arrest, unable to see love of her life Michael Aris until his death, and political mockeries were only a few of many things Suu Kyi had to sacrifice for Myanmar and its people. Two days ago, the iconic democratic leader finally received an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford University – another long overdue affair since 1993. Her fight is not over, it is even greater than ever before – the fight of a real countrywoman.

    “And what was most important, the Nobel prize had drawn the attention of the world to the struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma. We were not going to be forgotten,” stated the beautiful 67-year-old lady.

    As a grown up lady we’d know just how powerful an outfit is – it could make or break a day. With that knowledge, we take style inspirations from female icons who are close to our hearts: Aung San Suu Kyi, Dato’ Michelle Yeoh, and Yuna. One could always use a reminder of courage, humility, and true grace.

    1. Aung San Suu Kyi

    Simplicity is key when channeling the Burmese female icon. Keep your outfit loose and light to brave the tropical weather, and let the floral headpiece speaks for itself. For formal events, accessorise with simple pearl earrings.

    Products info: Violetvine tunic top, RM109.90, Diva floral headpiece, approx. RM48, The Poplook maxi skirt, RM66, kebaya top for illustration purposes only.

    2. Michelle Yeoh

    Having played The Lady herself, this Ipoh beauty highlights her glowing complexion with one shiny hue at a time for glamorous events. For a less formal affair, Dato’ Michelle Yeoh picks clean blazers to match her inner girl power, paired with mermaid maxi skirt.

    Products info: Mango mermaid maxi skirt, RM199. Kayu black straw clutch, RM550. Zara silk shirt, RM359. Mango grey blazer, RM169 (after discount).

    3. Yuna

    Making a name for herself around the globe does not fade Yuna’s girl-next-door charm. This Malaysia’s pride smartly incorporates trends into her hijab outfits to create fierce ensembles. Printed headscarves, novelty jackets, skinny jeans, and combat boots are a handful of Yuna’s signatures – sculpting her name into the local cum global trendsetters list.

    Products info: Diva chain necklace, approx. RM54.50. Mango biker jacket, RM449 (after discount), Zara leopard print shirt, RM199.90. Iamjetfuelshop signature scarf, RM49.

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    Fashion Friday: Bow Tie for Women

    From Audrey Hepburn to Anna Wintour – bow tie is here to bring out the geeks in us.

    We see it on the page boy or young ring bearer’s little tuxedo, Willy Wonka’s weirdly endearing ensemble, and the fine Frenchmen. Bow tie has always been before our eyes – but only recently it is adopted into women attire. We owe it to the runway rise of androgynous style that ladies now get to enjoy the effeminated bow ties as a prim accessories to an otherwise plain top.

    It is fascinating to discover that besides initiating the LBDs, Audrey Hepburn was also spotted wearing a ladylike version of bow tie. That fashion statement was reportedly the lucky charm that scored her the role in ‘Roman Holiday’. With the recent appearance of Anna Wintour at CFDA Awards flaunting the camouflaged bow tie on her Marc Jacobs dress- we are set to crown bow tie as our most favourite accessory of the season.

    3 Ways to wear a bow tie:

    1. To create a refined androgynous look

    The goal is to splash some colours & prints to the classic black & white androgynous look. Put on a sheer, sleeveless white shirt, fun printed pants, and a polka dotted bow tie. Finish the look with your go-to loafers.

    Products info: Pull&Bear two-toned shirt, RM139.90. Zara polka dot bow tie, RM89.90. Cupcakes & Hammers shiny black loafers, RM159.90. ASOS loose printed trousers, approx. RM147

    1. To dress up a plain denim shirtdress

    If you don’t already have a men’s long, oversized denim shirt to wear as a shirtdress – thrift for it or ask your dad for one. Match it with opaque stockings, chunky heels, mini backpack, and a red bow tie. The look is playful and effortless, while the red on denim will be the centre of attention. To shift the daytime look to the night-worthy attire, replace the backpack with a sequin clutch and put a dash of red lipstick on.

    Products info: Topshop opaque stockings, approx. RM40. ASOS limited edition leather weave backpack, approx. RM490. Actually two-toned clutch, RM120.60. Flouzen Alpi classic bow tie, approx. RM139. Topshop sling back heels, approx. RM238. Pull&Bear washed denim shirt (men), RM179.90

    1. As a whimsical necklace

    Sew up hooks to both sides of your chosen bow tie, and attach a long chain onto it. Ta-da, you now have a bowtie to wear with skater dress, floral sundress, and other non-collared things!

    Products info: Zara black bowtie, RM49.90. Plain gold chain necklace (for illustration purpose only), Mango floral shift dress, RM159. Pull&Bear sweetheart dress, RM89.90

    Bow tie tips:

    • Solid-coloured bow ties are great to match with novelty fabrics, eg. lace or washed denim. Venture on patterned bow ties when you are wearing plain fabrics such as chiffon or cotton.
    • For a more structured bow tie, source for the ones made of hard plastic (usually available at accessories shops).
    • Big bow ties are great additions to your t-shirt + flare skirt summer uniforms.
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    Fashion Friday: Woven Necklace

    The new headturner is made from the humble handicraft technique we mastered back in school!

    Women and braids are like inseparable magnets that bind them together. Back in the days, it was Heidi the mountain girl, and in modern fashion Alexander Wang started the side braid trend, followed with the more recent herringbone hairdo. Braid takes over designers’ brains now that the wonderful wickerwork appears on bib necklaces.

    Woven necklace as the elongation of tribal trend is the next ‘it’ accessories you should lay your hands on. Wait for the stores to get crazy about them, or DIY them stat: it’s your call. Much like the multi-coloured friendship bracelet, the woven necklace lends the classic braiding technique to the normal chain necklace. They come in both neutral shades that resemble hemp rope, and the neon hues that we girls can’t get enough of. Just like other bib necklaces, woven ones are meant to pop on your monotonous outfits. Match it with buttoned-up shirt for the hipster look, plonk in more tribal accessories for a day out at Publika, or sneak it into the meeting room with your ladylike peplum ensemble.

    Eye Candie wing-tip collar shirt, RM56.  Zara structured tote, RM559. Charles & Keith tribal sandals, approx. RM135. Mango yellow sundress, RM99. Dorothy Perkins mint peplum dress, approx. RM185.50

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    Fashion Focus: Handmade Accessories by LARK

    he wonders of a sewing machine and a mind full of creative ideas – that’s how Ching started off L.A.R.K!

    Dishing out handmade leather accessories and bags from home, Ching’s foray into the sewing world started when she was in primary school. She comes from a family surrounded by a love for creativity with a mum who taught art and a dad who was active in a band. As far as she can remember, Ching had always loved making things and the sewing machine is her constant companion in experimenting with new materials and techniques.

    VenusBuzz.com got a sneak peek into the life of this lovely needleworker.

    VB: Tell us a bit about yourself.

    I’m a creative consultant at an audio production house, and in my own time I keep myself busy with sewing and crafting for my customers. My freelance work ranges from custom orders to writing and photographing tutorials. All my work is produced in my home studio in KL, where I live with my amazing husband, and a dog that can scale walls. Haha. I run a DIY blog called Ching Makes Things! where I share my adventures in sewing and crafting.

    VB: What do you enjoy about designing?

    Never running into someone else wearing the same thing! I like the idea of keeping my production small – there are limited quantities of each design and colour combination, and my customers come from Australia, USA, UK, France, Japan and of course, Malaysia. So there’s really slim chance of two of the same items being in the same place at the same time…but if that happens, it would be fun!

    VB: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

    I do look to the current trends on the runway, and I am also heavily inspired by music. My first collection for Summer 2012 was conceptualised and produced to the sounds of Bernhoft and Kimbra mostly.

    VB: How is the process of making your own collection like?

    Whenever I work with the materials, I always try to surprise myself without locking down on a colour combination prior to creating something. My home studio is stocked with raw materials, so I’ll randomly match the faux leather pieces to the zippers – they get me strangely excited every time. I think sometimes when we over-analyse too much, we forget that there is fun in an unplanned moment. So I hope that as I continually try to surprise myself first and foremost, my customers will be surprised too.

    VB: What is L.A.R.K to you personally?

    Not many people know this, but L.A.R.K is short for Life’s A Real Kaleidoscope. I’ve always loved kaleidoscopes as a kid, and even have a kaleidoscope app on my phone now, haha. With all the colours in a kaleidoscope and its ever changing patterns, it is what life is to me. Our surroundings and the people change constantly but this may not be such a bad thing – there’s always beauty and excitement that can be found within those transition. The same goes for L.A.R.K’s collections – each range will differ from the last, and will always be saturated in colours.

    VB: Do you have a favourite item?

    Yes, the Classic Fantastic clutch. It was the first of the geometric clutches that I made, and even though I love the other colour combinations as well, somehow I’m always drawn back to this one.

    To view more designs, check out www.shoplark.com or its FB page here.