A fundraising fair this Sunday promises vintage designer clothes, celebrities and a good time for the family, writes Sushma Veera
TUCKED in a corner of the new Malaysian Red Crescent Society headquarters in Lengkok Belfield, off Jalan Wisma Putra, is a small room neatly stacked with bags of clothing, shoes, carriers and accessories against one wall while racks of designer wear stand at the other end of the room.
“There are more bags yet to be opened,” says organising committee member, Shireen Zainudin. The items — from new to vintage — are donations for this Sunday’s MRCS A Vintage Affair at Boulevard, Publika Kuala Lumpur from 10am to 7pm.
Shireen says the fair offers something for everyone.
“There’ll be bargains on everyday wear, evening wear, vintage dresses, children’s and menswear as well as accessories and footwear,” she says.
Local celebrities are also lending a hand by donating clothes and bags. They include Atilia, Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina, Carmen Soo and Marion Caunter.
The event is to raise funds for the Red Crescent shop which is currently under renovation and expected to start operations in May. The MRCS moved to its new headquarters last June.
The fair will also see the launch of RC+ — pre-loved designer clothes and accessories.
“More people are donating their designer wear from local and international designers. MRC realise that there is a need to have a separate line for these,” says Shireen, a vintage lover herself.
“Buying luxury vintage fashion is a clever and interesting way of investing money. Vintage is the current trend. It doesn’t matter if the pieces are 10 years old or from a fashion collection two seasons ago.”
Wearing a white knee-length dress and a cream-coloured lace cardigan, Shireen says vintage apparel gives the wearer the chance to own beautiful clothes that were popular decades ago.
“One doesn’t need to wear vintage or pre-loved item from head to toe. It is all about having good fashion sense and being able to mix and match. One can mix vintage pieces with high-street trends for a funky look. Buying vintage and pre-loved items is also environmentally friendly as these are recycled products.”
Shireen is confident the response will be good. She says many people will be happy to buy something that was owned by their idol.
The MRC hopes to raise RM100,000 from the fair.
Other activities have also been lined up. “While the women are busy shopping, the men can enjoy the Vintage Motor Show to touch or snap a picture with vehicles from the past, courtesy of MY Vintage Cars.
As for the young ones, there are games and activities to keep them occupied. There will also be performances and fashion shows.
“For the star-struck, there is the Vintage Tea Room at Ben’s terrace where celebrities will mingle with customers. These include Datuk Paduka Marina Mahathir, Datuk Yasmin Yusuf, Harith Iskander, Rozz Ritzmann, Zahim Albakri, Rashid Salleh, Ras Adiba Radzi and Afdlin Shauki, Joe Flizzow and AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman Rani.
Details at www.facebook.com/mrcsfair.