Fashion Insider: Stylist Zulvanny Andiny on her career, future plans and how to look stylish this Raya

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By Benedict Unang

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Fashion Insider: Stylist Zulvanny Andiny on her career, future plans and how to look stylish this Raya

Behind the multitude of looks seen on red carpets, in music videos, and on magazine covers is a team of stylists tasked with crafting one-of-a-kind, memorable moments that defy trends. They influence how others perceive fashion, beauty, and all that jazz, much like Zulvanny Andiny, an Indonesian, Kuala Lumpur-based celebrity stylist who is not new to the homegrown fashion and entertainment scene.

Over the years, she has amassed an extensive portfolio under #TheZulvannyProject by working with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Yuna, Zee Avi and most recently, hip-hop duo Joe Flizzow and Sonaone—cementing her as one of Malaysia’s most in-demand stylists. 

That being said, the achievements she is known for today did not come easily. Before returning from the UK, she earned a diploma in Fashion Styling and worked as an assistant to a London-based celebrity stylist, Joanna Hill. In Kuala Lumpur, she kick-started her career by assisting another local stylist, Haida Yusof, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Ahead, we caught up with Zulvanny to discuss everything from her journey as a celebrity stylist to her hopes and dreams, as well as gather some useful tips to spice up your Raya looks!



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How would you describe your style?

Simple and comfortable yet sophisticated.


Who have been some of your style inspirations or role models, and why?

My style inspirations revolve from time to time, depending on the phase of my life. Personally, I look up to Victoria Beckham’s sophisticated style. I also look up to Yoon Ahn of Ambush and Peggy Gou a lot for more edgy and fun ideas!


Are there any experiences or lessons from your career that you keep in mind to this day?

Do your job right and be kind to everybody. 



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As a celebrity stylist, what are some of the highlights and challenges in running #TheZulvannyProject?

In navigating #TheZulvannyProject, one of the challenges would be limited resources. I find it very challenging to execute looks within a limited time frame, budget and clothing options available in Malaysia. Other than that, we don’t have many streetwear, or urban brands or designers anymore due to Covid-19, and that makes the options very limited.

On the other hand, the highlights would be meeting and working with other great creatives. Through #TheZulvannyProject too, I got to meet and created my current collective, NuffSaid


What advice do you have for budding fashion stylists?

Work hard and be smart—I mean it. Most budding stylists think it’s all just about clothes and being glamorous. Truthfully, there’s a lot of hard work happening behind the scenes, which sometimes can overpower the good stuff. At the end of the day, there’s business and politics involved, but as long as you keep going and be passionate about what you do, you will thrive. 



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Now that Ramadan has begun, what are your go-to outfits for attending events or gatherings?

I’ve been really into kebayas this year, so you would most likely see me in one at events and gatherings! 


Are there any tips you would like to share on how to look stylish this Raya?

Statement accessories are the way to go—whether it be your jewellery, bags, shoes or even your selendang!


Can you let us know how would you accessorise a traditional baju kebaya? 

I’m a big believer in the classic, and I would accessorise my baju kebaya with modernised-classic accessories such as jewellery from a Malaysian-brand The Extra Piece and Tulola Designs from Indonesia. Those are some of my favourites!  


What’s next for you?

I will be focusing more on myself in terms of creating content. And hopefully, I get to do more passion projects and collaborations with other creatives.



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