It has been three years since Adila Long presented her collection at Seputeh, Glasshouse. When we received the invite to this fashion show, our hearts skipped a beat. We just know our night will be special and yes, Gallery A of the National Museum of Malaysia turned out to be a whole new magical world, just as amazing as what was presented to us in this show.
The two-parts presentation which consisted of Luxe Ready-to-Wear (RTW) and Bridal collection took the audience on a journey of fashion, history and urban elegance. Known for her love of story telling and local culture as proven countless times through her seasonal campaigns, ‘A Night at the Museum’ gave the designer permission to take it to another level with her narrative.
Her namesake brand, Adila Long, was established with the core idea of championing luxury heritage fabrics such as songket (especially from the East Coast of Malaysia), saree, tenun and Thai silks -turning them into fresh and modern design. Her bespoke songket collection remains to this day as the heart and soul of the brand.
“The idea of my creation being timeless is very important to me. My approach to design is inspired by my background in architecture – classic, clean and tailored. It needs to create an impact but at the same time quiet enough to hold that mystery which is somehow coincident with all heritage fabrics”, says Adila.
This time around, a more edgy yet playful tone with structured shapes embodies the luxe collection. The highlight of this presentation were her bridal pieces each one showing off Adila’s design aesthetics and ability to approach the mighty songket in the most stylish ways but all the time maintaining the integrity of the fabric.
“I love the image of a strong woman and one who is not afraid to make a statement. Just like history and culture, the collection tonight is deep rooted in that spirit. I would like to thank Muzium Negara Malaysia for allowing me to manifest and bring to view this show tonight. It is my hope that we would all continue to appreciate and value our rich local history, culture, arts and crafts”, quips Adila.
Photos courtesy of JCPR for Adila Long