The past few weeks I have been travelling (hence the lack of updates) and along the way have discovered many new designers. One that I’ve been meaning to write about for a while is the talented Malaysian designer Jonathan Liang.
Although he’s only 25, Jonathan has been on fashion radars since he graduated from Raffles Institute of Design in 2010. While still a student he showed at Malaysia Fashion Week and was awarded with the “Most Promising Designer Award.” After graduating he landed an internship with one of his idols, Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy. He also co-designed an eco-friendly sustainable fashion line. In 2010 he finally took the leap and launched his own ready-to-wear line from Paris.
Jonathan takes inspiration from unconventional themes ranging from religion and puberty to Burners (which is the nickname given to fans of music festival, Burning Man) so the look is modern with an edge. Three seasons on and he has established his own unique style which is defined by clean tailored lines, construction and experimental fabrics. Always keeping real women in mind, he incorporates certain details from cinched waists to functional zips to make life easier for his customer.
His autumn/winter 2013 explores the Crusades and is his strongest to date. The silhouette is much sharper and includes items such as cropped jackets with sheer butterfly panels and the butterfly peplum dress which features geometric panels jutting out from the waist. It’s all about the details from open and wing backs on tops to hidden pockets. Fabrics are a mix of hard and soft including silk, crocodile embossed leather, glass treated fibers and embossed foil tinted viscose.
His favourite look consists of a glass finished silk dress in ivory worn with an iridescent diamond quilted bomber jacket.