‘Hakuna Matata’, The Kuala Lumpur Islamic Fashion Festival Opens


The most recent incarnation of the IFF greets Malaysia while 45 designers participate at this year’s flagship festival. By Afia R Fitriati.

The talented and stylish Melinda Looi will be showing her creations at the Kuala Lumpur Islamic Fashion Festival this week.

‘Hakuna Matata’, meaning ‘don’t worry’, is a phrase borrowed from Disney’s blockbuster movie The Lion King. It has become the theme of the most recent Islamic Fashion Festival, which takes place this week until November 9 at the JW Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The phrase was chosen as the theme for this year’s festival to send a message to the world ‘not to fear Islam because the religion stressed a lot on the aspects of love,’ Datuk Raja Rezza Shah Raja Zurin told Malaysian news agency Bernama.

Famous Malaysian designers Datuk Tom Abang Saufi, Datuk Farah Khan, Datuk Radzuwan Radziwill and Melinda Looi are scheduled to feature their designs at the festival, joining other designers from the Southeast Asia, including Singapore and Indonesia. In total, there are 45 designers who will showcase their collections in the festival, which has been held since 2006 in various major cities, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, New York, Monte Carlo and Singapore. This year, the Islamic Fashion Festival has dazzled Manila, London, Bali and Kangar.

Datuk Raja Rezza Shah told Bernama that he expected a turnout of 8,000 guests at the festival. On Thursday, November 8, a fashion show for the public is scheduled to start at 10.30am.

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