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She’s one of Malaysia’s most recognised fashion gurus thanks to her impeccable fashion sense and repertoire of styling local celebrities plus commercial and editorial shoots to boot.

We managed to have a chat with down-to-earth stylist Min Luna despite her busy schedule and got some inside scoop from her well-anticipated collaboration with Fashion Valet which launches tomorrow – 8.08.18! Titled ‘Not Fragile’, one can expect the Min Luna x Fashion Valet collection to be chic-cool, stylish, and wearable. Read on to know more about Min!

Hi Min! Tell us more about your personal style and who are your influences?  

I would say I’m quite simple but unpredictable. Most people think I can get away with any style, but I personally don’t think so. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin. Frankly, I’m down to trying varied styles, which includes loud styles too. I don’t really have specific influences for dressing up because I don’t like following trends and get most of my inspirations from movies.

Who are your favourite designers right now?

Sies Marjan, Attico, Jacquemus, and Michael Lo Sordo.

What were some of your go-to brands while you were pregnant? Any recommendations for chic maternity?

I refused to wear maternity clothes throughout my pregnancy. What I loved the most was wearing loose and wrap dresses. They’re tasteful yet comfortable to wear while having a bun in the oven. I liked pairing my looks with a staple long kimono too – no fuss and fashionable.

What are your most treasured things in your wardrobe?

My studded leather jacket, black latex trousers, and Norma kurta in bright pink and lime prints.

Min Luna and friends in the Norma Raya campaign this year.

Name us three things on your fashion wish list now?

I don’t know whether you can call this a fashion wish list but I’d love to participate in Vogue Fashion Festival 2019, go on a vintage buying trip to Barcelona or Milan, and have a professional teach me how to organise my expanding wardrobe.

You’re on a desert island, and can only bring five beauty products with you – what would they be?

Eyebrow liner, face oil, aloe vera gel, waterproof mascara, and Solek lipstick in ‘Normadiah.’

Give us a pro-tip on beauty products or tips you swear by.

I started using face oil this year to help with my skin’s hydration and it has done wonders. Sometimes, it’s not about using the most expensive face cream but about understanding your skin’s needs. Apart from keeping my skin hydrated, I needed to make sure I had enough ‘good oil’ on my skin too. Another evergreen beauty tip of mine is applying mascara. It’s one of the fastest way to look polished.

What’s your take on work-life balance?

To be honest, I am still struggling to do this because of my long and crazy work hours. There are times I find myself having to choose work over my family but I do say no to work and prioritise my family whenever I can. It’s one of the hardest thing about my job and industry. That said, it will not surprise me if I were to lose an arm one fine day and hear someone say to me, ‘Oh, you lost an arm Min but where’s my outfit?’ (laughs).

On motherhood: What is your best advice to new mums?

To treasure your time with little one and your spouse. On top of that, do remember to sneak in some me-time in between for yourself or else you’ll go nuts!

Min Luna and her daughter Mal.

Any style tips for mummies out there?

Try to avoid following trends, always find the best silhouette for your body, and experiment with it. If it works, flaunt it. My biggest tip is to invest in a few key statement pieces which highlights your figure nicely, and shows that you have a good sense of style.

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We’re so excited about your collaboration with Fashion Valet! Can you tell us more about it? What can we look out for (for expecting mums and fashionistas alike.)

You will definitely fall in love with the collection, I promise! The Min Luna x Fashion Valet collection is called ‘Not Fragile’ because it’s about breaking stereotypes and embracing your curves no matter what size you are. We are all beautiful in our own unique way, ladies! Spreading body positivity and embracing your curves is the way to go. I specifically said, NO BLACK when Vivy (Yusof) asked me to be on board for the collection. I want women to find joy in wearing colours because it’s the easiest way to be stylish.

Tell us your top three looks from the ‘Not Fragile’, Min Luna x Fashion Valet collection. 

Mega hard to choose! During the curating and conceptualising process, I made sure I thought of every woman out there. The blazers are pretty neat. There’s a ‘Monday Blues’ blazer set that has two different stripes, and also a cut-out blazer in navy for women who are bored of the normal office-friendly silhouette blazer. There’s also a cool selection of dresses made from Norma prints that are amazing! OMG, I’m afraid I’ll start spilling about the entire collection so I’ll stop now! (laughs). Stay tuned for the launch, guys!

Nothing worth doing is without hard work, effort, blood, sweat, and tears. Tell us, what was the most challenging part of putting the collection together?

Fabric wise! Choosing the fabric was hard but I was extremely lucky to have an experienced team to help me out.

Thanks for the inside scoop, we can’t wait for the launch of the collection. Lastly, what is your life’s mantra to live by?
I believe in two. One is, ‘if you can’t be the solution, don’t be the problem’ and ‘beauty is pain.’

Credits: Photos are taken from @minluna