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KUALA LUMPUR FASHION WEEK 2016

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Like I said in the previous blog post, I lived in Malaysia for 5 years, but I wasn't involved in the fashion industry that much. It was my first time attending Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (thanks to BloggerBabes for the invite) and it was so wonderful. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed it. 

We had a private driver picking us up at the airport. After 45 minute drive, I arrived at the hotel. Here is the bright and beautiful room that Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur prepared for us.

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Travel Blog- Ritz Carton Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Look at how gorgeous this bathroom is! 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Travel Blog- Ritz Carlton Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Not to mention a bunch of welcome gifts from the KLFW organizer and SOME love notes from Ritz Carlton team. 


I had only 1 hour to get situated and rest before my first hair and makeup with Bobbi Brown and Loreal hair team. When we are at the fashion week, we don't rest and sometimes don't even eat. We just go, go, go. 


After hair and makeup, I walked back to the hotel room to change and get back out again for an interview with the Clozette team. 


Striking a pose with other bloggers/ influencers: Sister-duo @Vernenciso & @Verniecenciso from the Phillippines and Heidi of @TheAmbitionista

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

Front row babes watching the first show of the day

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

and getting camera-ready for the photographers. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

In between shows, I had a quick street style photoshoot with Ricky Hang who was hired to take care of our street styles photoshoot. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

Then, we came back to Pavilion shopping mall for the second show. Loved everything I saw from this collection of a Malaysian designer.

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

Last show of the first night was @BettyTran, a Vietnamese Australian designer whom I'm honored to call her "Friend". Couldn't feel more proud of this Vietnamese sister. Her designs are so beautiful. You have to check her out! 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

For the past 3 years, KLFW was held at the Pavilion Shopping Center, the biggest shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. I hope they'll never change the location because this view is insane. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

Day 2 started at 11am. I thought I had more time to rest, but the night before ended late. We woke up late the next morning so by the time we got out of our hotel for breakfast, it was already 10am. Zoey, my assistant/photographer, and I walked to the mall nearby for breakfast and we quickly rushed to the backstage for hair and makeup again. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

Always have time for some fresh flowers. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger


Loved how my hair and makeup went so well with my outfit. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

Watching AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search final round and witnessed so many stunning designs from talented design students around Asia. I love this long vest 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

and this top and skirt. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

But I'm obsessed with these designs from a young designer from the Philippines. I guessed she would be the winner. In the end, she came in top 3. I was pretty close, wasn't I? 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

Another stunning designs from a Thailand designer. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

Here is the winning collection also from Thailand designer. It was one of my favorite choices too. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger


We ended our night by an intimate dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, hosted by BloggerBabes

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

The ambiance was fantastic. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

The food was so delicious. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

The conversation was endlessly fun. I felt so grateful for this opportunity that brought me back to Malaysia and connected me with many young, beautiful, and passionate women. Inspiration truly lies everywhere if we want to take a closer look. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

Woke up to the box of macarons by @Elevete (Thanks to Andrew, the founder of KLFW) on my last day in Kuala Lumpur. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

This ended my KL Fashion Week on a sweet note. I don't have a sweet tooth, but seriously, I finished the whole box because they tasted so good.  

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger- Macarons by Elevete

Special thanks to @LifestyleAsiaKL for this surprised and meaningful gift. This is by far the best gift I've ever received. Great job on drawing me without me sitting in front of you, @misseleen_artist

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

There is always time for a good morning bath no matter how busy a day can be. Enjoying my last few hours in Kuala Lumpur. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

The world is such a big place, never stop wandering. I told myself this when I was 16 years old. Without that curious mind and passionate drive, I would never have left my country to start my own life at the young age. If I didn't do so, I wouldn't be where I am today. 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Travel & Fashion Blogger

I do believe that sometimes, there are many things in life that intimidate you, scare you, and sidetrack you, but as long as you keep moving and never stop dreaming, you'll eventually reach a place that is called "Success and Happiness". You might be small, but people will still notice you for what you've done. 

Thank you so much for having me once again, KL Fashion Week & Blogger Babes. 

More importantly, thank you for reading my blog and following my stories guys. I'm truly grateful. 

I can't wait to talk about the next destination in the upcoming blog post. It's my ultimate dream city to be. Guess where? 

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KLFW DAY 2: FLOWERS POWER

Crystal Phuong- Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Streetstyle day 2

Day 1 of #KLFW, I opted for a girl-next-door look with a wavy bob hairstyle and a lace midi dress. Day 2, on the other hand, I chose wide-leg pants with a matching blouse for a sharp-but-sweet appearance.  Whenever I'm thinking of a bold and bright outfit, I always end up choosing pants over skirts, prints over plains, and colors over monochromes. 

Thanks to Bobbi Brown team for doing my makeup and Loreal team for doing my hair, I had a perfect makeup and hairstyle that complimented my outfit. Guess how long it took to pull this look altogether? 1 hour and 15 minutes of which I spent 1 hour on hair and makeup and 15 minutes on picking out my clothes. 

To be completely honest, this wasn't my most fanciful and striking outfit except for a little skin showing here and there. But apparently, it made some people turn their head as I walked past them on my way to the show. Two lessons that I learned from this. One, when in doubt, rock printed outfit from head to toes. Two, if you choose to wear the most ordinary outfit to the fashion week, walk like you wear the best dress in the crowd. 

Crystal Phuong- Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Streetstyle day 2

Crystal Phuong- Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Streetstyle day 2

Crystal Phuong- Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Streetstyle day 2

Crystal Phuong- Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Streetstyle day 2

Crystal Phuong- Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Streetstyle day 2

Crystal Phuong- Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Streetstyle day 2

Crystal Phuong- Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Streetstyle day 2

Crystal Phuong- Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016- Streetstyle day 2

Thank you so much for reading! 

Photos: Zoey Bui

::Outfit::
ZARA Floral printed top and pants
Lovisa choker- Similar here

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KLFW DAY 1: BABY I'M BACK

Kuala Lumpur fashion week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Streetstylee day 1

In August, I was invited by BloggerBabes (a global blogging network for female bloggers) to join Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week as one of the influencers. It was only a three-day-event, but it was one of the best fashion weeks that I've attended. I'm not kidding! Here is why.

Some of you may know that before moving to Singapore, I lived in Malaysia for 5 years. It's the place where I first started when I left Vietnam 11 years ago. Why Malaysia, you ask? I was one of a few lucky students who was granted a full scholarship to study in Malaysia. Before I graduated, I was offered a job and became a dance instructor at the same time. Surprisingly, nothing was related to Fashion.

Malaysia always has a special place in my heart. The country gave me an education, friendship, life experience, and strength. That's why I was so happy to come back to this place after 7 years. It felt like meeting an old friend after a long time. The only difference was "this friend" no longer reminded me of some sad stories like this one, there were only beautiful memories instead. I'll share more about the trip in the next blog post. For now, here are some outfit photos of a grown-up girl who just returned "home" after 7 years. 

Kuala Lumpur fashion week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Streetstylee day 1

Kuala Lumpur fashion week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Streetstylee day 1

Kuala Lumpur fashion week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Streetstylee day 1

Kuala Lumpur fashion week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Streetstylee day 1

Kuala Lumpur fashion week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Streetstylee day 1

Kuala Lumpur fashion week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Streetstylee day 1

Kuala Lumpur fashion week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Streetstylee day 1

Thank you so much for reading!

Photos: Zoey Bui

::Outfit::
Lovisa choker- Similar here

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VIFW DAY 4: ONE NIGHT TWO STYLES

Crystal Phuong- Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 4 Streetstyle

On the last day of VIFW, I still had 3- 4 outfits unworn (I always pack more than I need especially when I go to a fashion week). Because I didn't know which outfit I should pick for the closing night, I decided to wear them both. Problem solved!

I wore this floral skirt and top set for the half of the night. Any crop-top with a big bow in front will instantly catch my attention. Loud and big floral printed material is a bonus. At first, I thought of pairing this crop top with a wide leg pants, but when I saw a matching skirt placed next to the top on the rack, I couldn't just pick one and leave the other. Besides, a midi skirt with pockets is my absolute favorite. This set became my first choice for a street style opportunity in a blazing afternoon in front of the show venue.

Right after the first segment of the evening was over, I quickly rushed back to my hotel room for a change. Since it's in the late evening, I thought it was a perfect time to show some sparkles on my feet (If you follow my #Crystalshoesgame hashtag on Instagram, you'll know that I'm obsessed with shoes). I bought a pair of Aquazurra shoes quite a while ago and only until VIFW, I could wear them out. It was just a plain pair of suede heels when I bought it. I thought "being plain is just boring" so I spent 2 weeks putting on every single crystal on it. The result is satisfying!

Because the shoes are so attention grabbing, I wanted to go light on the outfit and let my feet do the talking. I opted for a white lace top and a white pencil skirt. It probably was the most ordinary outfit that I've worn at the fashion week, but what I wanted was people looking at my beautiful shoes which they did. Was I noticeable enough? I think I was.

Crystal Phuong- Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 4 Streetstyle

Crystal Phuong- Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 4 Streetstyle

Crystal Phuong- Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 4 Streetstyle

Crystal Phuong- Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 4 Streetstyle

Front row seatmate!

Crystal Phuong- Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 4 Streetstyle

Catching up with some old friends at the show

Crystal Phuong- Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 4 Streetstyle

With Vietnamese fashion designer, Hoang Minh Ha after the show

Crystal Phuong- Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 4 Streetstyle


With my lovely sister, Thuy Van, 2nd runner up Miss Vietnam International 2015

THE SHOW 


Luala Atelier, a Vietnamese brand focusing on ready-to-wear fashion opened the night with a collection that emphasizes classic silhouettes and colors for the women at work. 

Crystal Phuong- Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 4- Luala Atelier


DressCamp from Japan brought the Japanese culture on the runway and reminded me of one thing. Fashion should always be fun or not at all. 


A video posted by Vietnam Intl Fashion Week (@vietnamintlfashionweek) on


French couture designer, Dany Atrache presented a romantic symphony with a collection that features a beautiful pastel color palette on a light and airy gowns.

Crystal Phuong- Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 4- Dany Atrache

Vietnamese fashion brand, Ivy Moda surprised me with a collection called "The Marble". As the name suggests, beautiful marble printed dresses with basic colors: black, white, and blue were seen on the models as they walked down the runway. I love the Va-va-voom factor in this collection.

Crystal Phuong- Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 4- Ivy Moda

I managed to capture a slow-mo of this dress just to show you how beautiful it looked on the runway. Totally my style!

A video posted by Vietnam Intl Fashion Week (@vietnamintlfashionweek) on

Last but not the least, the most anticipated show of the night was Le Thanh Hoa's fashion show and it wasn't disappointing. From the preparation (dry leaves transported from miles away for this show) to the dresses, everything was perfect.

Crystal Phuong- Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 4- Le Thanh Hoa

Obsessed with every piece in this collection of a young and talented designer's



Literally, there was no better way to end the night and end the Spring/Summer fashion week. By the time, you are reading this, we are now preparing for the first Fall/Winter fashion week in Hanoi this coming November. I don't know what the organizer has up their sleeves just yet, but if you follow us closely on Instagram or Facebook, you shall find out.

Till then, thank you so much for reading! Thank you for having me as a part of Vietnam Fashion Week. It was a wonderful journey by far! 

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