We are less than a month away from the Hari Raya festivities at the end of the month. If you have not found the perfect Raya garb for the special occasion, here is a list of Raya collections to choose from, designed by some of the most notable fashion designers in Malaysia.
The Savannah Raya capsule collection is the designer’s homage towards the African culture, featuring prints and earthy tones often highlighted upon traditional African fabrics. Vivid embellishments and detailed bead work comes into play upon the collection’s modern baju kurung with asymmetrical panelling, single sleeve draped shoulder dresses, overlaid half-cape dresses, and pleated and gathered shift dresses. The 40-piece collection works with delicate materials of crepe, heavy satin, mixed cotton, organza and lace, with shades of green, pink, grey and brown.
Melinda Looi’s Raya Couture collection this year is like a walk in a tropical spice garden. Rich in lavish intricate handmade detailing of embroidery, bead work and Swarovski crystals, the Raya Suites collection features designs akin to a lotus leaf, with flowing ruffles mixed with chiffon, laces and lined tulles, whereas shades of maroon and purple harmonise with green, blue and the occasional mustard.
The Petang Raya 2017/18 collection this year is an amalgamation of the designer’s observation and exploration in fashion from the ‘50s to the ‘70s, infused with his nouveau sense towards the traditional kurung. Graphic prints of the ‘70s, and textures and cuts from the preceding decades, the collection achieves a fresh and new geometric style of embellishment, embroidery and beading upon the sport kurung, the darted baju kedah, the “fish tail”, and the aerodynamic kaftan.
For the designer’s 25th silver jubilee year in the fashion industry, Dato’ Rizalman Ibrahim has concocted a special Raya collection for Zalora that features designs inspired from the couture designers who has motivated him along his career path. The collection is filled with blends of paillettes and pleats in stunning crepe numbers, and mesh overlays augmented with embroidery and embellishments of floral appliqués, brooches and original Swarovski crystals.
The aesthetic for the year’s Raya collection features Malaysiana, Japanese and Chinese influences in the form of the baju melayu, breezy kimono sleeves, caped empire-cut dresses and the Nyonya kebaya, whereas the traditional kurung is given the Alia Bastamam treatment, with the top redesigned with sheer fabric and reattached with buckles and straps – a taste of what is to come for her Fall/Winter 2017/18 collection. The signature classic cinched-waist wraps return once again since its debut in 2013, alongside those with an asymmetrical silhouette.
Taking inspiration from the traditional folklore from Nusantara Bawang Putih, Bawang Merah, Rico Rinaldi breathes to life the tale that is as old as time in the Summeraya 2017 collection. With elements of nature, culture and colour trends interpreted in the folklore with similar themes of the Western Cinderella, the floral themed kurungs feature layered and ruffled skirt linings reminiscence of the many layers of the onion, as well as peplum waistlines and playful flared sleeve silhouettes.
Khoon Hooi x Min Luna
For this special Raya collaborative collection between the couture designer and stylist to many celebrities, expect oversized bows and knots, with frills to spill. The luxurious made-to-order Raya collection features a colour palette of metallics and silk pastels decorated with jewelled buckles, appliqued embellishments, paving the way for key pieces like the floral embroidered trench jacket, the white kurung with rhinestoned split frilled edges, golden top with flared sleeves, and the soaring appliqued white kaftan.
Tom Abang Saufi
Renowned for her signature Sarawakian designs, the trademark aesthetic breathes new life in an exclusive 14-piece collection with matching fabric necklaces, in the form of digital printing instead of the yesteryear’s hand painted works, and upon poly crepe fabric from the usual silk fabrics. The colours and motifs not only serve as stand-out statement pieces during the Raya festivities, but throughout the rest of the year as well.