#KLFW2017 Fashion Focus: Eclipse

We give you the scoop on Eclipse, one of the top labels showing at this year’s KLFW RTW, and show you what’s in store for you this Autumn/Winter!

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready-To-Wear (KLFW RTW) 2017 officially kicked off today at 12pm, and there’s so much to be excited about! Besides many of our homegrown talents, which include these up-and-coming designers, we’ve also got international labels making their name at the five-day event. One of the shows we’re perhaps most excited about is Eclipse, a label that has been making waves in Malaysia since its conception 21 years ago!

How It Started

Eclipse founder Sonny San started the label in 1996, after being in the industry for several years (he debuted in the fashion world in 1979!).

“I have a genuine appreciation and understanding for the female form. I believe every woman is beautiful in their own unique way. Through the sensual drapes and folds created from carefully chosen fabrics, I give women confidence, emphasise their femininity and inspire their individual beauty.” – Sonny San

Interestingly enough, his very first inspo was this familiar fashion piece: the sarong.

Photo: Budaya Tionghoa

As we know, Eclipse was met with positive feedback, and the brand grew and grew! Now there are stores in six different countries: Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Taiwan and Indonesia. The label has also grown to include sister store e.pse!

Sonny passed away in October last year; the fashion house is now being overseen by Alex San and Sonny’s partner Walter Lo. Under Walter’s guidance, a team of talented designers are now in charge of coming up with fresh takes on Eclipse’s signature flowy, feminine image!

The Inspiration

The Eclipse Runway Collection for KLFW2017 is inspired by artist Nobuhio Nakanishi’s oh-so-dreamy Layer Drawing art series:

Photo: Nobuhio Nakanishi

Photo: Nobuhio Nakanishi

The brand statement shares that “The collection will take the audience through layers of life and passages of time – starting from the modern athleisure with its young, energetic and chic looks, to the minimalist clean and effortless look of timeless classy styles, wrapping it up with a touch of modern romanticism and dreamy romantic illusions.”

Take A Peek

Here’s a sneak peek of Eclipse’s Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, Modern Femininity, inspired by the life of modern women and their lifestyles. The collection will be the second to be released after Sonny’s passing:

Eclipse goes glam this season with the silver sparkle trend. Photo: Eclipse

Dinner date anyone? This retro floral number would make a great choice. Photo: Eclipse

Eclipse explores modern athleisure with a touch of feminitity this season; we love the balance of sporty and girly! Photo: Eclipse

We can totally imagine rocking these pieces to work, layered with a crisp white shirt or blazer! Photo: Eclipse

Lace-up and ribbed details are some of this year's fashion-fave styles. Photo: Eclipse

Sonny’s designs have long been a favourite of many (check out our list of celebs wearing Eclipse here!), and we know they’ll remain on everyone’s to-wear list for years to come.

Eclipse will be premiering their Autumn/Winter 2017 collection on Saturday 19th August at 5pm, alongside TAAKK from Japan! Be sure to stay tuned to our Instagram page @femalemag for all the latest updates on KLFW RTW 2017, including the Eclipse show.

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