IT'S AN URBAN JUNGLE OUT THERE: THE MALAYSIAN PREVIEW OF
Tigers, lions, orchids, and bears; oh my! Furla knocked it out of the proverbial park with some seriously wild prints and shapes inspired by the most exotic flora and fauna. Furla Malaysia picked the orchid conservatory at The Majestic Kuala Lumpur for the unveiling of Urban Jungle - the Spring/Summer 2017 Collection. There, the tropical prints and jungle shapes of butterflies, big cats, and gingko blossom amongst many others came to life amidst the rows of real life flowers. The delightful result - as the fashion lovers and influencers whose cooing, pawing, and posing with the handbags and purses from the new collection would attest to - was a vivid, colourful, and vibrant #FIELDOFIMAGINATION.
By then I had had a whole week to get over my jet lag, deal with the shift from British Winter to Malaysia's eternal Summer, and made the effort to look somewhat presentable (I pity the pedicurist and manicurist who had to polish my cloven winter-hooves) so I decided to show my face in public. Michiekins and I put in an appearance for the promise of afternoon tea, the possibility of finding a new addition to our purse rooms, and the convenience of seeing acquaintances all in one room with no effort nor organising on our part. Gawd, sometimes I love soirees.
Up front is a mini Metropolis crossbody bag in my favourite print, ST TIGRE.
Of course you know about my love for these stripy cats, being born in the year of the tiger.
A selection of Toni crossbody bags and cosmetic case in Onyx (black), Rubino (red), and Orange accessorised with tails keyrings.
Between a dazzling array of wallets, purses, and handbags in bold prints; and seriously soft accessories in the form of fluffy puffballs and furry tails, the diversity of the flora and fauna on display was practically a zoo. Despite the dizzying choice - not helped by the hubbub of overexcited fashion fans rushing to pounce on any unattended accessories then hot tail it to the floral backdrop for a Snapchat/Instagram Story - a few designs leapt out at me. My personal favourites prints are the ST LAGUNA (dragonfly), ST GINGKO (gingko flowers), ST PANTERA FIORI (panthers), ST TIGRE (tigers), and TONI ORANGE (orange tiger). The shape I'd be happy to tote is not actually a tote but a crossbody - the Metropolis. Sadly, even the medium sizes verge on 'too-small' territory for this serial overpacker. What's In My Handbag: DSLR, two prime lenses, sunscreen spray, portal to another dimension...
Metropolis crossbody in ST GINGKO and Metropolis mini crossbody bag in ST PANTERA FIORI.
I gravitated toward the St Gingko print for its evocative brush strokes and sunny yellow colour, especially surprising as I'm not usually a fan of the colour (I find most shades hard to wear without looking jaundiced, as my skin has yellow undertones). The St Pantera Fiori is again in a colour I'm not usually a fan of but the unusual combination of pastel blue and red made for an alluring contrast.
Meet Michiekins: my bestie, my life coach, and my event kaki (buddy). Michiekins is too modest to accept the descriptions of fashionista, designer, and all-round stylish person (she'll insist that she's "just" a mother who loves fashion) but she's all that and more. You wouldn't guess it to look at her (and me) but we've both been guilty of the quintessential 2000s trends including Coach handbags, overplucked eyebrows, and Guess (by Marciano, no less) low-slung jeans. Together, we go way back and we've both come a long way.
Five tigers - 1 & 2) My limited edition Gucci Lilith handbag, 3) TONI ORANGE cosmetic case, 4) ST TIGRE mini Metropolis crossbody, and 5) myself (1986, baby).
Having whetted our fashion palate, Furla then satiated our tastebuds with afternoon tea...
The Majestic Kuala Lumpur is something of an institution of the Old World sort.
Built in 1932, the colonial structure is now a National Heritage site and established as part of Autograph Collection of iconic historic hotels.
Beyond the updated glossy finish of this YTL hotel are whispers of the days when the sun never set on Queen Victoria's realm - from the staff dressed in empire garb (pith helmets, safari suits) to the white gloved butlers bearing tea service. Afternoon tea in the orchid conservatory is a draw for visitors seeking to evoke the genteelness and sultry glamours of sundowner days gone past. Because of the Furla fashion invasion in the orchid conservatory, afternoon tea was served instead at The Colonial Cafe and The Tea Lounge. True to the spirit of pre-independence Malaya bureaucracy (and some would say this languid attitude has endured to this day) everything moved at a snails pace - including the service. Just as well that I didn't have anywhere to go nor anything especially pressing to attend to.
...now if you'll excuse me, I've got some shopping/daydreaming/general holidaying to do.
Call it, if you will, a stroll in a #FIELDOFIMAGINATION...