Always impeccably and uniquely dressed, Datin Shirieene Hajamaideen truly is one of those rare beings that always seems put together no matter where she goes. Revealed as one of this year’s Best Dressed Female at the Prestige KL Ball, the co-investor of Ankha Jewelry reveals her top tips on how to dress to impress.
How far in advance did you start preparing for this year’s KL Ball?
I don’t actually have any pre-ball rituals. I am however very good with my daily regime of cleansing, moisturizing and allying sunblock. I spend a great deal of time in the sun and the cold because my children are keen sportsmen. I have weekly scrubs and masks, more regularly these days as I travel to visit my eldest who is studying in the UK.
How did you go about picking the perfect outfit for your ensemble?
I do love clothes. I love everything from the conception of the idea to the end product. I love how a particular dress is constructed and sewn; the fabric choices; and, most importantly, how the dress makes me feel.
I have always been a huge fan of comfort; I think when a woman fidgets and has to readjust herself in the dress, it completely ruins the look. My dresses are always paired with shoes of a sensible height. My feet have been on strike for the last 10 years; and, with 3 boisterous boys who seem to never run out of steam, sneakers have become my staple.
I look for dresses when I travel and keep them for special occasions. However, I must admit I am a bit of a repeat offender with Monique Lhullier. She seems to design the styles that I love and, unlike other US designers, I believe her proportions fit Asian women better.
On the day of the event, how early did you start getting ready? Tell us a bit more about your process.
I had paired the dress with a contrast coloured cape that had a bejewelled neckline, so I felt it was best to put my hair up and keep my accessories to a minimal. I recently added to my piercings, and thought it may be more edgy to use various different stud earrings instead of using chandelier earrings. However, I was definitely missing my most precious accessory of the night… which is my husband (Datuk Ruben Gnanalingam).
If you had to choose just one favourite thing from your look that night, what would it be and why?
When I got dressed I had 5 minutes to select a bag, and the unicorn bag was in mind the entire time. When I was carrying my youngest, I was blessed with great opportunities, incredible luck and much joy. My husband associated these great fortunes to him; and, throughout the pregnancy, we called him my lucky unicorn. I should really dedicate my win to my son.