Hari Raya and trend go hand-in-hand. But, this yr might even see everybody scaling again with regards to dressing up because the current motion management order (MCO) has put a dampener on preparations for the festive celebration.
With the MCO in place, it means there is no such thing as a going out and purchasing for new garments, no looking at your common bazaar and even getting an appointment along with your favorite tailor or designer to have your Raya clothes specifically made for you and your loved ones.
Whereas Malaysian designers are nonetheless releasing Hari Raya collections for the yr, they are saying gross sales have been affected. With everybody practising bodily distancing, it’s tougher to put orders for custom-made items, as you could be current to get measured.
“Going again to ‘enterprise as normal’ is now not an choice for us. Even previous to the MCO being introduced right here, the pandemic has already pressured us to assume outdoors the field, ” says famend couturier Khoon Hooi. His designs has been noticed on the pink carpets in Hollywood.
He explains that his crew has produced quick movies of all the Hari Raya types supplied. That is to help shoppers of their resolution making course of, serving to them buy a particular design from the consolation of their very own properties.
Dirk Luebbert, CEO of the Melinda Looi group of corporations, notes that those that are celebrating would most likely rethink their trend purchases.
He believes the main focus will probably be extra on the values and virtues of Hari Raya. Luebbert is the husband of the prolific designer identified for her edgy but stylish designs.
“As a substitute of shopping for 4 baju raya perhaps we solely purchase two and donate the additional cash to the needy? Or purchase baju raya as a present for others, particularly those that might not have the ability to afford it?” he ponders.
“At Melinda Looi we’re donating 5 Emel baju raya (from the ready-to-wear vary) for each one Melinda Looi baju raya purchased. Additionally one Emel baju raya will probably be donated for each one Emel baju raya purchased.”
For Alia Bastamam (who has conquered the runways in Malaysia and overseas), it’s all about adapting to alter. She has a devoted on-line crew attending to shoppers.
Alia can also be providing on-line consultations. All this with the hope that they will supply a extra private contact to individuals shopping for by means of the web site.
With Raya outfits, basic designs will last more within the wardrobe and many individuals purchase not only for Raya however to attend weddings and particular occasions all year long, ” she says, concerning stretching the style funds.
“Go for investment-worthy items, ” Khoon Hooi advises. “The evergreen class of a baju kebaya, for instance. The sheer high adorned with floral sample embroidery will be paired up with a thin lower pants for a dress-down look.”
Dressing up nonetheless issues
Dressing up for Hari Raya, in any case, is seen as a convention. It’s tough to put off shopping for new garments for the festivities. Some would even say that it gained’t really feel proper with out having new baju Raya.
Designer Syomirizwa Gupta thinks that folks will probably be extra selective this yr when celebrating. He says that it’s going to all bear right down to the matter of want versus necessity – however type will probably be an element within the equation.
“I imagine we nonetheless know the way to have enjoyable it doesn’t matter what state of affairs we’re in as a result of we’re a optimistic bunch of massive ‘household’. Please be as artistic as you may as a result of it is a second in historical past and we must always make the very best with what we are able to.”Fern Chua, the founding father of Fern Batik, thinks this yr’s Hari Raya could be much more heartfelt.
She says the entire Covid-19 state of affairs will solely give everybody a deeper sense of gratitude and appreciation of their family members.
“I want to want the very best to everybody making ready for the festivities. I imagine that regardless of the state of affairs and regardless of the final result when Raya comes, we must always all nonetheless take the second to understand it, ” she provides.
“It should nonetheless be enjoyable to prepare and costume up for Raya, though this yr’s celebrations will most likely be in smaller gatherings in comparison with beforehand, ” factors out Emylia Anwar of Poplook.
“It’s undoubtedly advantageous to put on easy but snug Raya outfits. Raya this yr will certainly be totally different however it ought to give all of us a way of contentment, ” says Zairin Ahmad, the founding father of Umma.
“Regardless of going by means of a disaster, most of us are nonetheless in a position to have a good time comfortably at dwelling with household and family members whereas our frontliners are saving and battling to save lots of lives throughout these unprecedented occasions.”
Whereas everyone seems to be experiencing a “new regular” in the mean time, trend can most likely assist make the wanted way of life change simpler. For Hari Raya, it’s the trifecta of trend, household and meals that may matter.
“There’s that heat feeling if you get up on Raya morning, dress and have your Raya meal with the household. After that you just watch some Raya reveals on TV and take a number of household images – these are the moments I sit up for essentially the most, ” Alia concludes.