Three Malaysian fashion designers showcased their haute couture collections during Couture Fashion Week at New York City’s Crowne-Plaza hotel here. (Reuters photo)

NEW YORK CITY: Three Malaysian fashion designers showcased their haute couture collections during Couture Fashion Week at New York City’s Crowne-Plaza hotel here.

The designers showcased their designs as part of a Malaysian women’s business and fashion mission organised by Peniagawati.

Sara Jamaludin presented her “Sara J” line of songket-based designs with flora and fauna motifs.

The Kuala Lumpur-based designer is bringing songket into vogue and aiming to make it practical for daily use. Her creations included a silver-frilled white dress and green trousers, and a pink dress with light stripes in different shades.

Eja Shahril, based in Kepala Batas, Penang, presented modest Muslim dresses, with a host of elegant hijab designs and long flowing robes that were in keeping with Islamic tradition.

Erma Fatima, who runs the Rumah Karya Citra (M) Sdn Bhd in Selangor, presented her Mak Cun collection, which combined contemporary designs with traditional fabric.

“Fashion is all about expressing and creating one’s identity,” said the film director and actress, who had participated in the Asian Islamic Fashion Week in Kuala Lumpur and the Torino Fashion Week in Italy. She will also participate in a Beverley Hills show in Dec 2017. -- BERNAMA

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