The Premiere of ‘BAZAAR Welcomes Hermione Olivia to Old Malaya’

Everything old is new again.
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Ribbed Crop Top in Navy Blue and Carla Wrap Skirt with asymmetrical draped panel by D.D Collective, Bowerhaus Necklace from the BowerhausXHermione Collection | Photography: Raisa Azzam

On the eve of Merdeka 2016, Harper’s BAZAAR welcomed Hermione Olivia to the streets of Chinatown with an ambitious mission to unravel a maritime culture of Old Malaya in the hidden enclaves of Petaling Street, Bukit Bintang.

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Jonathan Liang Bonnet M16 Bomber and Jonathan Liang Weeping Forest Bustier Dress, Bowerhaus Necklace from the BowerhausXHermione Collection, Sereni and Shentel Opera Headband, China Street Collection| Photography: Raisa Azzam

Amidst jostling bodies, darting cars, dodging motorbikes, the journey began at Old China Cafe where traditional antiquary dress the walls of a kopitiam housed in an old guild hall of a laundry association.

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Photography: Raisa Azzam

In the eye of the storm at a weathered alley on Jalan Balai Polis, Hermione, BAZAAR’s heroine for the day is still in serenity moments before Bukit Bintang is stricken with peak hour hype.

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Photography: Raisa Azzam

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Photography: Ahmad Nazim

Tucked away in a dim stairwell sits a diamond in the rough. Foto Pak Tai in bold retro lettering lies in all its former glory, or rather what’s left of it. Alike to a mosaic, a multitude of photos is the first sight within the sanctums of a photo shop with a 60 year legacy engraved with memoirs of World War 2.

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Carla Bomber Jacket by D.D Collective, Black V Neck Dress, Model’s Own, Bowerhaus Bracelets & Earrings from the BowerhausXHermione Collection, Sereni and Shentel Downtown Bunny Headband, China Street Collection | Photography: Raisa Azzam

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Utopia Parka and Cigarette Pants by D.D Collective, Bowerhaus Bracelets from the BowerhausXHermione Collection, Sereni and Shentel Canton Cat Headband, China Street Collection | Photography: Raisa Azzam

This historical photo shop boasts an equally impressive studio equipped with lighting and a singular vintage styled beauty parlour, a surprising experience that came with ornate backdrops of idyllic scenography.

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Photography: Raisa Azzam

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Green and Navy Blue Flared Carla Lace Dress by D.D Collective, Jonathan Liang Bonnet M16 Bomber, Bowerhaus Necklace from the BowerhausXHermione Collection, Sereni and Shentel Jasmine Headband, China Street Collection | Photography: Raisa Azzam

The rundown unit of Foto Pak Tai extended to unusual spaces, an outdoor kitchen and a back room studio still alive with theatrical props were the few gems that remained attached to this whimsical destination.

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Photography: Raisa Azzam

Four hours later and a marathon around Chinatown, it’s officially a wrap – Teh Tarik with Hermione is as comfortingly local as it gets.

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White Shirt by D.D Collective, Bowerhaus Earrings from the BowerhausXHermione Collection, Sereni and Shentel Empress Headband, China Street Collection | Photography: Raisa Azzam

Special thanks to surprise designer guest, Jonathan Liang; Hair & Make Up: Sharifah Juliana & Davis; Photographers: Ahmad Nazim, Raisa Azzam; Harper’s BAZAAR Fashion Intern: Vanessa Lim; and last but not least, Chief Stylist and Founder of Sereni and Shentel, Shentel Lee.

BAZAAR has a special reel of moments from behind the shoot and inside the campaign of welcoming Hermione Olivia to Malaysia on the 30th of August 2016.

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