Ling Low

Ling Low

Ling Low writes about culture, travel and urban development.

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Fashion for Ramadan: Malaysian designers adapt to ‘cyber Raya’ as lockdown affects business

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.

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.

6 May 2020 - 6:05PM
Malaysian fashion brand Biji Biji upcycles seat belts and plastic trash into runway collections in the name of sustainability

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.

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.

18 Feb 2020 - 9:22PM
Why in the online shopping era bricks-and-mortar beauty stores aren’t going down without a fight

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.

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.

29 Jan 2020 - 5:44AM
How former Miss Malaysia Deborah Henry is empowering refugee children

The former model’s non-profit organisation Fugee.org 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

The former model’s non-profit organisation Fugee.org 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

25 Nov 2019 - 10:50AM
From Uniqlo to Everlane, the brands making high-quality basics as an antidote to fast fashion

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.

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.

22 Oct 2019 - 7:23PM
Asian fashion houses, from Pink Jambu to CalaQisya, are flocking to up-and-coming Malaysian artist Shan Shan Lim for her designs

An entrepreneur as well as an artist, Shan Shan Lim wants to see a move towards ethical fashion and away from mass production

An entrepreneur as well as an artist, Shan Shan Lim wants to see a move towards ethical fashion and away from mass production

20 Oct 2019 - 6:57PM
Malaysian milliner Bremen Wong on pushing boundaries in a racially diverse country

Known for his avant-garde hats and accessories, talks about the challenges he faces at home.

Known for his avant-garde hats and accessories, talks about the challenges he faces at home.

29 Aug 2019 - 8:59AM
The Malaysians challenging beauty conventions and empowering everyone to celebrate their differences

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.

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.

25 Jun 2019 - 9:30AM
‘Style is your signature. Fashion is ever changing’. Malaysian designer charts her own course

‘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.

‘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.

10 Apr 2019 - 12:37PM
Why Malaysian fashion designer Khoon Hooi says home is the place to be

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.

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.

30 Jan 2019 - 8:21PM
Women best at dressing women, says a man designing for them, New York-based Malaysian Jonathan Liang

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.

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.

14 Nov 2018 - 8:51AM
Malaysia’s first lady of fashion, Farah Khan, on 30 years in the industry, and the Muslim market

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.

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.

24 Oct 2018 - 8:02PM