Miss Universe Malaysia has a fetish for being edgy
By Steven Patrick
Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 Kimberley Leggett is in love with Jovian Mandagie's edgy designs.
"You wouldn't normally see a baju kurung with a military-inspired edge, but you do with Jovian's designs," said the 19-year-old beauty queen. "You see tough elements that you wouldn't see on an elegant piece of cloth. He's got a masculine edge to his clothes."
She spoke proudly about the Jovian outfit she modelled at his show this week. "The bottom skirt has sequins. On top it's a fully sequined, almost bronzy tone. I liked it and chose it at the spur of the moment."
Kimberley, a Penang girl of English-Dutch-Eurasian descent, added that she finds Jovian's designs "challenging". She said, "It's something you'd wear for the latest extravagant event."
And events don't get more extravagant than a fashion show at an old military airport. Some 300 people, including Ning Baizura and actress Zahida Rafik, watched Kimberley and other models parade in Jovian fashion in an aircraft hangar.
There were 30 outfits in all, featuring clothes for trendy Muslimah women. The collection, named Blossom Raya, mainly used pastel colours like dusty pink, powder blue and champagne. Jovian's focus for the line was "simple yet elegant" and affordable, with prices ranging from RM180 to RM380.
It had long been a dream of Jovian's to share his passion and creativity with women of any age, status and group. "Creativity would be wasted if you don't share it," he believes.
The collection will be available on 15th July on zalora.com.my and at First Lady Boutiques around Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Penang, Johor Baru and Singapore.
Published: 28th June 2012