You wish you were: Roselyn Khan


By Joan Kong

You wish you were: Roselyn Khan

A fashion buyer by profession and an all-round fashion enthusiast, Roselyn Khan‘s style can be described as minimal yet sophisticated. A scroll through her Instagram feed and her aesthetic will come through loud and clear. We spoke to the 29-year-old on her biggest influences in fashion, and her thoughts about the Malaysian scene ahead of this year’s Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week.


1.     Describe your style in three words.

Minimalist, masculine-feminine chic.


2.     What influenced your love in fashion?

Being in a fashion company! Ever since I started my career in fashion e-retailing, I needed to be aware and keep up with the latest trends. Along with picking up some know-hows in the fashion world, i’ve also exposed myself to an immense pool of like-minded brands and style influencers whom I look up to. My current obsessions? Débora Rosa and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley—their style and content just speak to me.



3.  How does your work influence the way you dress?

I work in a fashion company, which gives me freedom to explore. Some days are relaxed and some days are more put together. I do stick to my basics on most days and turn it up a notch if there’s an important meeting with either makeup, outerwear or footwear.


4.     Who is your ultimate style icon, and why?

I have a few! Victoria Beckham and the Phoebe Philo era at Celine have laid a strong foundation on my style idealisation. I’m so drawn into the power-dressing they’ve created.



5.     What’s your style mantra?

The pieces you own have to stand the test of time.


6.     What are some of your favourite fashion trends at the moment?

Neutral hues, oversized anything, slouchy clutches and thong heels—which look effortless worn together.



7.     Your most valuable piece in your wardrobe?

My wedding dress of course! It’s by Lana.



8.     If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?

High-waisted relaxed jeans paired with an oversized white shirt or a ribbed tank top.


9.     What is the one fashion item you have most in your closet?

Ribbed knitwear; I have them in the form of T-shirts, sleeveless and high-neck tops, pants, and skirts!



10.     One fashion trend you just don’t get?

The mini and micro bags. Yes, they add that extra flavour to your look but when it comes to practicality, not so much.


11.  Your fashion faux pas?

The big dangly earrings we used to wear in our teenage years!


12.  What’s the one fashion rule you always break?

Wearing autumn/winter clothing that may not necessarily suit our Malaysian climate, because why not?


13.  What are your thoughts on the fashion industry in Malaysia?

There are only a handful of local fashion brands that has grown over the years and stayed relevant. Many still are not daring enough to take the business to the international markets. In this digital era, brands should step up their game to position themselves internationally; they have to think global.


14.  What are some of your favourite local brands?

Nelissa Hilman, Kulet, Sometime, Alia Bastamam, Yadotsa, and Ezzati Amira.

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