People who know me are well aware of my impulsive nature to travel, and carry out spontaneous assignments.

So this was the third day of raya or something like that, and I was itching to go back to my hometown in Penang and Kedah just because I wanted to. In typical Haida fashion, I decided to prong in bestie and photog extraordinaire Aimanness along…and when an idea like this comes along, we got ourselves sutck with the idea of shooting a fashion editorial there (pfft! no brainer!).

We recently worked with grossly adorable/good looking couple Rubini and Shan Ratnam on a previous KLFW shoot and decided hey, would they be up for a weekend, all-expenses paid trip to Penang (and possibly, Kedah?).

Once they said the magic word, WE WERE OFF!

With barely any materials to shoot the couple in, I went in on the idea of carrying out the shoot in thrifty finds – and nothing better fits the theme of what I wanted to attempt to shoot them in:

HAHAHA, no, really.

If you have not seen this movie, then you should. In an era before extreme Islamization and keyboard warriorisms invade our culture, this gem of a movie directed by U-Wei Haji Shaari explores the trials and tribulations of ¬†Zaleha, a kampung girl who after a recent lovers spat (more like vengence and murder mixed in together) was sold by a jealous lover as a prostitute and was forced to live a scandalous life with this said jealous lover after being stripped of her dignity in Thailand. This movie may not be a fashion movie, but in many ways iconic (its like Basic Instinct iconic), especially scenes of the talented Sofia Jane in kain pelikat and a men’s shirt, squatting in front of that fan (shivers).

so anyway, we took the couple to Kedah (Kuala Muda, infact) by the paddy fields to kinda capture that Kampung-esque scene by the river. While Shan’s character as ‘Amir’ is romanticized alot for this scene (as I do not want to glorify domestic violence in anyway) , I told Rubi’s character to play Zaleha as a woman longing to be loved by her husband – but tinged with some strong sexual, eh, allusions aha! Check out the pics below, all styled in finds from the thrift store and really, you guys need to see the movie!

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Thank you so much to this amazing couple who offered us this sizzling chemistry and took their time to study the film along our car journey <3 and Aimanness for the always unbelievable shots.

P/s: part of this shoot has somehow ended in the present KLFW booklet HAHAHAHAHAHAHA 

Hope you enjoyed our outtakes :p

Model: Shan Ratnam and Rubini

Photog:Aimanness

Makeup and Styling: Haida Yusof