Style Star of the Week: Azra Syakirah

Azra Syakirah, 21
Singapore
Student, Menswear Fashion Designer

What do you think about when you get dressed in the morning?
Because I live in a tropical country, my first thought would probably be, “Is it going to be extremely sunny today? If not, I could dress up a bit more (with layers).” Comfort has always been important to me, but I try my best to not compromise my own style beliefs while at it. Everyday is a new exciting challenge for me.


What item of clothing or accessory makes you feel most like yourself and why?

It’s not a specific thing, per say, but the attitude I have when I wear an outfit. Sometimes when I throw a few pieces together, I just don’t feel like I’m being true to myself and I would go about the day feeling out of place. It’s because of that mentality I have at the beginning that causes lack of confidence in myself, I suppose.

What is your dream job?
I think most (if not every) fashion design student’s dream is to have their own brand at the end of the day. I would like to achieve that at some point in my career journey, and witness people I look up to or inspired by donning something that I designed.
What’s something you read about related to fashion recently, that you found interesting or thought provoking?
Recently I’ve been looking into the fashion scene in Asia, specifically Japan and Korea. I love Japan and Japanese culture, so my looking more into the industry there came naturally. Korea, however, is somewhat new territory for me. I hear people say that Korea has a really good fashion scene from time to time, so I decided to look into it. I guess what intrigued me for the fashion scene in Korea is how important of a role it plays in the entertainment industry (“idols” during a performance, for example) at the same time how little credit it gets. Maybe I haven’t done that much research but when I watch a performance and I really loved the styling/outfits there, I wouldn’t know who it was designed by or who was the stylist for that performance/video. Another point that caught my attention was how uncomfortable some of the outfits were to perform in. Some of these idols even looked like they were suffocating while performing — maybe because the outfits were not compatible with the heat they generate from dancing. I guess it’s something I ponder on as I strongly feel like comfort should not be overlooked in any specialisations.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to read, and sometimes write. A lot of my conceptualisations for my designs are inspired by books.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I guess not many people know that I actually am pretty shy. A lot of people have the misconception that I’m far from that.
Do you have a mantra you live by? If so, what is it?
Get inspired, and then inspire others.
If you could trade closets with anyone who would it be?
Ah, simple. It would be Kelbin Lei, a Vietnamese designer with his own clothing line, KLEI. I’m a huge menswear enthusiast, and I just love his sense of style as well as his designs.
I have a website where I showcase my works as well some of my writing: www.azrasyakirah.com, and my Instagram is where all of my travelling photos and sometimes inspirational things are: @azrasyakirah
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