Ling Low
Ling Low
Ling Low writes about culture, travel and urban development.

Fashion is a part of Ramadan in Malaysia, especially during Hari Raya or Eid ul-Fitr, when people wear new outfits to family gatherings to celebrate the end of the fasting month. This year fashion designers have had to adapt.

Biji Biji, a Malaysian brand which creates clothing and accessories almost entirely from upcycled waste, wants to change the fashion industry by getting designers to think more consciously.

There’s instant gratification in online beauty shopping, but physical stores aren’t dead just yet – skincare brands like Aesop are making art out of shopping in person.

The former model’s non-profit organisation trains refugees to produce jewellery for her accessories brand Fugeelah and learn a range of business skills, with profits helping to support a school for refugees


Brands such as Uniqlo and Everlane are starting to push high-quality basics over seasonal trends as sustainable fashion grows in popularity, offering timeless looks that are manufactured to last almost as long.

Instagram account True Complexion is dedicated to people who live with differences. Project shares the photographs of people who live withdisabilities, medical conditions, mental health issues and body image issues.

‘Style is your signature. Fashion is ever changing,’ says Cassey Gan, whose original prints, playful, full of colour and inspired by art, are a hit in Malaysia and Singapore. International buyers are watching with interest.

In this year’s annual Chinese New Year collection from Lee Khoon Hooi, the 47-year-old behind fashion brand Khoon Hooi, he has created qipaos using 1970s-style prints alongside chinoiserie, beaded fastenings and ruffled trims.

A Malaysian based in New York, Jonathan Liang worked for Givenchy and other French studios, before starting his own label in 2015; his signature floral looks were inspired by his grandmother’s house in Penang.

Farah Khan started her company 30 years ago in Kuala Lumpur and has steered it through good times and bad. Her outfits have been seen across Europe and are worn by celebrities including Selena Gomez and Gigi Hadid.

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