5 inspiring looks from the Alta Moda Sarawak runway

Paku Kubok

Fashion has come a long way in Sarawak. With Alta Moda Sarawak, we could be looking at Kuching becoming a fashion hub over the next few years as the three-day fashion show which ran from March 7-9 at the Old DUN Building showcased the best Sarawak designers had to offer when it came to creativity, passion and an eye for beauty.

What separates Sarawak fashion designers from the rest of the world is their commitment to showcasing Sarawak’s heritage, whether it’s in fabric print or clothing designs. Here are some key looks which rocked the AMS runway!

  1. Go tribal with ethnic print

Nothing says ‘Sarawak’ more than Orang Ulu tree of life patterns, bunga terung motifs and the Melanau terindak designs. Borneonative, Lentera Astana, Latip’s Collections, Najla Shoes cleverly combined these patterns with modern styles, giving these traditional motifs a fresh and unique look as well as celebrating Sarawak’s unique culture and heritage.   

2. Tropicana

One of the most fashionable ways to deal with the tropical heat is in a light flowy dress or a kaftan. Langkawi Hub, Kaftan by IndiaX Tanoti, Anannasa by Sher Lo and Sab2 by Sabrina Bujang made loose-flowing gowns and shifts fashionable and timeless with their cheerful patterns and bright colours.

3. Mix up your fabrics and colours!

Have fun with your eclectic wardrobe – mix stripes with floral patterns, brocade with chiffon! Tom Abang Saufi, Anna Sue and Melor by Melinda Omar layered their beautiful and contrasting fabrics together, creating elegant outfits perfect for high-tea with friends or a Saturday afternoon out.

4. Embrace your uber-feminine self!

Von Jolly Couture, Paul Carling and Erwan Asbor celebrated the feminine body with their elegant, form-fitting gowns. True to the fashion house’s style, Von Jolly Couture combined traditional motifs in their contemporary, head-turning gowns while Paul Carling’s designs celebrated the female form with its form flattering gowns and sexy slits. Erwan Asbor’s collection created drama and flair with its form-fitting, mermaid gowns.

5. Update your kebayas

Tom Abang Saufi’s updated kebaya designs referenced the simple kimono, creating a lighter more casual look for one of Malaysia’s iconic traditional outfits. Teamed with obi-style belts, punchy fabric prints and a loose-fitting style, these kebayas look elegant yet relaxed at the same time.