5 Local fashion updates that should be on your radar this December



By Benedict Unang

Featured images courtesy of KLFW
5 Local fashion updates that should be on your radar this December

This year has seen a notable shift in the local fashion landscape as more of our esteemed designers, such as Rizman Ruzaini and Khoon Hooi, continue to establish their presence on the international stage. At the same time, rising local brands are reshaping society’s connection with fashion and setting a new benchmark for impeccable style. If you’ve been missing out on the latest style news from our shores, we’ve got you fixed below! 


Alia B. partners with Machino for a limited-edition collection


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Alia B., the sister label to Alia Bastamam, has joined forces with homegrown footwear brand Machino to come up with a holiday-ready capsule collection. Named ‘Always’, the latest series boasts 11 wardrobe staples and four new sandals. Alia B’s unmistakable feminine charm shines through the ready-to-wear pieces and harmonises with Machino’s fun, versatile designs. The footwear is inspired by the illusion of silhouettes and sports the signature Hana flower in silver, gold, white, and beige finishes. The flats are half an inch in length, while the heels are two inches tall with a subtle swooping curve. 

Shop the collection here.


The Shao Fen x Nelissa Hilman line is a nod to sustainability


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In line with its commitment to innovation and environmental sustainability, Nelissa Hilman recently launched its sustainable apparel series, with the first collection designed in collaboration with Shaofen Design Studio. Shao Fen becomes the first designer in the series and puts a playful twist to Hilman’s existing designs, making tailored basics more casual than serious. There’s also a neat use of colour blocking as well as a mix-and-match of fabrics that flatter the figures. Among the standouts are the scuba-fitted jacket, two-toned short-sleeve shirts and mini draped skirts. The Shaofen x Nelissa Hilman collection will be available for purchase until January 15, 2023.

Shop the collection here


Khoon Hooi delivers the most stylish holiday gifts


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Christmas may already be here, but gift-giving is timeless, and Khoon Hooi might have just what you need. One of its must-haves is the Holly loungewear, which can be worn as both sleepwear and party attire. This satin silk pyjama set features a fitted top and cropped trousers with a stretchy waist and detachable feather embellishment on the hem. There are also brocade skirt options in three different styles, all of which will look great with the House’s Dean t-shirts. Not to be missed are the vibrant accessories like the Chiho’s top-handle bag, Ariana scrunchies set and the chic Erykah turban. 

Shop here or at Khoon Hoi’s store in APW Bangsar. 


Mimpikita opens its flagship store at The Exchange TRX


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Mimpikita caps off the year with the opening of its flagship store at the latest fashion playground in town. Located on the first floor of The Exchange TRX, the new boutique marks the next chapter for the three sisters in transforming the local fashion scene. To celebrate the grand opening of the store, the brand has partnered with local actress Elifra Loy to release the ‘Her Story’ line. The limited-edition collection includes stylish pieces like Kimono tops embellished with glitter pockets, patterned square scarves and mini tote bags.  

Shop the exclusive collection here.


Kuala Lumpur Fashion Awards 2023 honours homegrown fashion luminaries

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Awards (KLFA) 2023 was held earlier this month to celebrate the country’s acclaimed designers and industry figures. The star-studded awards ceremony was hosted at the Parkroyal Collection Kuala Lumpur together with Ambank Signature Priority Banking and accorded 14 awards, including Brand of the Year, Outstanding Achievement, and Fashion Icon of the Year. In addition, three new award categories have been introduced to the show this year: Street Style Designer, Fashion Most Influential, and Fashion Tribute Award. “It remains paramount that we continue to recognise the resilience and innovation displayed by both Malaysian designers and style makers,” says Andrew Tan, founder of KLFW.

Rizman Ruzaini was named the Brand of the Year this edition, while Kit Woo won the Menswear Designer award, and Fiziwoo took home the Womenswear Designer award. Other than that, Christinna Kuan scooped the title of Most Fashionable Female Personality, while Nazreem Musa, BURO’s Trendsetter of the Year, earned two awards: Most Fashionable Male Personality and Fashion Icon of the Year. See the full list of award winners below. 

Emerging Womenswear Designer

Nelissa Hilman




Emerging Menswear Designer



DoubleU by Jimmy Wong 

Masyadi Mansoor



Brand of the Year



Rizman Ruzaini

Alia Bastamam


Womenswear Designer

Rizman Ruzaini

Alia Bastamam

Syomirizwa Gupta 




Menswear Designer

Hatta Dolmat

Fairuz Ramdan

Kit Woo

Atelier Fitton


Street Style Designer

Super Sunday


Masyadi Mansoor


Water The Plant


Most Fashionable Female Personality

Scha Alyahya

Marion Caunter

Christinna Kuan

Daiyan Trisha 

Shalma Ainaa 


Most Fashionable Male Personality

Awal Ashaari

Nazreem Musa

Jiman Casablancas 

Ethan Chu

Ridduan TTFGA Ismail


Fashion Icon of the Year

Scha Alyahya

Nazreem Musa

Ezurin Khyra

Marion Caunter


Hair Stylist of the Year

Cody Chua

Juno Ko

Ckay Liow

Yusof Ruzaimi 

Keith Ong


Makeup Artist of the Year

Khir Khalid 

Syed Faizal

Sahir Sabri

Shiyo Joo

Ady Razak

KF Bong 


Fashion Innovation Impact Award



Masyadi Mansoor

Hatta Dolmat

Kit Woo


Positive Change

Hatta Dolmat


Earth Heir




Outstanding Achievement Award: Rizman Ruzaini

Fashion Tribute Award: Zaihani Mohd Zain

Fashion Business Leader: Ashvin Valiram

Fashion Most Influential: Kel Wen, Behati



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