As the academic year comes to an end, we step off-campus to JW Marriot Hotel, Kuala Lumpur for the UNMC Royal Ball. Dressed to kill, the room was filled with dapper dudes and darling dames – so without further ado, here’s a special edition of the series – StyleWatch: The Royal Ball.
Hasan Faiyaz Hussain | 2nd Year Civil Engineering
Hasan, the orchestrator of the event opted for a timeless tux and spruced it up with a cummerbund which you don’t often see. Being the simple-minded engineer that he is, Hasan simply saw a tux on someone, he thought it looked great so he got one for himself.
Tuxedo was custom-made
Hyder Siddiqui | 3rd Year Business Economics and Finance
A season StyleWatch spot, Hyder’s first time on StyleWatch proves that he knows his stuff. Going for a timeless ensemble, we caught him in a navy-blue suit exuding sophistication in every way. Adding a little pop to the outfit, he wore a scarf which changed up the classic formalwear staple! Believing that fashion is a way of expressing oneself in a moment of time, Hyder’s ensemble definitely suited the occasion.
Suit from Marks & Spencer
Shoes and scarf from Massimo Dutti
Shirt from Hackett
Tie from Banana Republic
Pocket square from Sacoor Brothers
Watch from Emporio Armani
Bella Runyang Li | 3rd Year Business Economics and Finance
If you think going to a ball is all about long dresses and fluid silhouettes, you obviously haven’t seen Bella’s look. Oozing all levels of elegance in a royal blue dress, Bella captured all the season’s trends – from asymmetrical hems to the off-the-shoulder neckline. Contemporary yet classic, Bella’s outfit was inspired by 19th-century films such as ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘The Duchess’ – and we have to say she pulled it off.
Dress and earrings from Taobao
Shoes from Charles& Keith
Clutch from a boutique in Kota Damansara
Gayash Dias | 2nd Year Civil Engineering
There are only so many events and places that a classic black suit is proper for. Its neutrality allows one to mix and match it with a multitude of custom ties, shirts and more. Gayash added a pop of colour to his look with a contrasting bow tie and matching pocket square.
Suit from The Raymond Shop (hand stitched)
Shirt from Louis Philippe
Shoes from Berastogi
Bow tie and pocket square from H&M
Phavanjit Kaur | 3rd Year International Relations with Spanish
Probably one of the most stunning looks of the night, Phavanjit chose to wear her mother’s sari to the ball. Drenched in pink flowers, the sari symbolised her passion for identity politics, South Asia and Dharti Ma (Mother Earth). Being in her final year, she has learnt a lot about herself and has come to terms that she can be a coloured Punjabi Sikh Malaysian woman with pride.
Saree was custom-made
Sakina Yusupova | 3rd Year International Relations with Spanish & Rafique Muzhaffar | 3rd Year Business Economics and Management
Sakina is ever prepared; she had planned to get a black dress for her graduation ball a year ago. When she got to know the theme, she added a pair of gloves and a small crown to it – which took it a level up. Despite so many comments that Sakina received about looking like Audrey Hepburn, she says “It was an absolute coincidence.”
Her dance partner was Rafique who picked a white shirt, black suit and bow tie because it’s an all-time classic look also because he had to match with his partner. They undoubtedly complimented each other’s looks.
Written by Vikki Gitata
Photographs courtesy of Nottingham Photography Society