Bernard Chandran brought out the goods in his latest lineup at Petang Raya 2018 show and proved that we should return to embracing the kurungs and the kebayas—you’ll know why when you see it!
For the upcoming festive season, or even for that fancy ball you may be invited to, Bernard Chandran’s latest rendition of Petang Raya 2018 is what pushing boundaries without compromising authenticity is all about. Chandran’s Petang Raya is one of the most anticipated shows every year as he unveils his vision through drapes and colours, keeping everyone wanting for more. This year is an exciting one as Chandran redefined the power of kurungs and kebayas through new silhouettes and textures.
Petang Raya 2018
Blurring Lines with Boldness
Drawing inspiration from the 70’s and 80’s, it was refreshing to see innovative takes on the usual kurung and kebaya silhouettes which could reach out to the younger crowd. From bold prints to shimmery dances of drapes, Chandran captured the retro vibe of a glossy Parisian nightlife in the 70’s, as well as bringing us into the future by giving life to the hoodie hijab.
“Imagine strolling down the glamorous summer nights in Paris, where people unitedly, dressed to their nines, come out to celebrate, to enjoy the concerts around the city or simply follow the romantic lightings at the Eiffel Tower or chill at the quaint cafés. It’s like taking a break from the hardness of day, the toils, the snares, the politics and the sensitivities to properly relax and reflect. That’s the type of feeling I want to achieve in the collection,” said Chandran.
If there was one word to describe the show, it was a play of textures. Petang Raya 2018 showcased a wide array of different fabrics—the edginess from the denim, the softness of lace and chiffon, and the androgynous take on leather makes it safe to say Chandran excelled in making kurungs and kebayas sexy again.
Hymn of the Hues
Bernard Chandran did not stop at textures and shapes—neons and deep rich tones made appearances too. More suited for the evening, Petang Raya also featured hues of the rainbow, complimented by adornments of crystal and beading that gave each piece an ethereal look. It was a whimsical play of shimmer and shine, and everything nice for a truly magical show which landed Petang Raya 2018 as the most epic show of this season.