Fresh. Edgy. Simple. Futuristic.
Four words that immediately came to mind when I saw Bernard Chandran‘s pieces. I first learnt about him through his Spring/Summer 2010 collection. I smiled to myself; I devoured his work and scrutinized the outrageous pieces like a ravenous child.
Innovative, oriental inspired and extremely creative, Bernard Chandran is a “prominent Malaysian fashion designer. His talents have earned him many faithful clients among Malaysia’s elite most notably the Royal families of Malaysia and Brunei as well as two former Miss Universe. Due to this, Chandran used to be known as Malaysia’s “Prince Of Fashion”, but is now being hailed as Malaysia’s “King Of Fashion”.”
” The AW09 inspiration was drawn very much from the weather, especially the rain, which is an essential element in the weather forecast in the East. Whilst rain is often depicted with moody, cloudy weather, somehow the collection has no indication of the conventional; instead there is somewhat a kind of upbeat enthusiasm, edgy yet supremacy about the designs. The overall design is daring and structural. Oversized “umbrella structure” can be seen at the shoulder top and hips in some of the designs. The tailored volume gives the collection an edge. Straight slim cut trousers were worn with structured double breasted coats.
As for my SS2010 collection, my roots and origins become my inspiration, where I have bridged a lot of elements from the oriental palace to the fashion runway. I also injected the collection with a type futuristic sophistication and unlocked the traditional to the modern.” (Amelia’s Magazine)
Bernard Chandran clients are the who’s who of today’s tastemaker, notably Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Little Boots, Estelle and Tori Amos.
With such stellar client list and the ability to reinvent and draw inspirations from his heritage and surroundings, I am sure Bernard Chandran is a name to watch out for!
My favourite? His Bamboo Printed Dress below at roughly USD$1200!
(Urban Junkie, Amelia’s Magazine, Wiki Images, My fashion life)