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CuteTalk with Hatta Dolmat

Finally I know what is the recipe for my favourite and sensational Malaysia who always come out with something that is so unique, fresh, extraordinary, elegant and fun. The answer is he does it with lot of fun.

Seriously he loves to laugh!

CuteCarry talk with award winning designer and Project Runway alumni, Hatta Dolmat about his winning creation, obstacles and who is his favourite fashion blogger!


Cc: Thank you for your time with CuteCarry. I saw you almost everywhere in Malaysian fashion scenes; tell us about your daily routine.

Hd: Daily life as Hatta Dolmat; sometimes is easy, sometimes it is really tiring, busy and free. I can say that my life is really colourful, exciting and full with fun activities (while listen to Kertas song- Penantian) I inspired to answer your question. Hahahaha..

 Morning- I get ready by 10.30, start my day with smile and fun. Sometimes I don’t want to get up from bed because I am too exhausted because of work… but this is what I do for a living!

 Afternoon – I start with something that is related with work. Everything! Whatever work or stuff I did I did it while I am laughing

Evening- still working on my fashion work, Internet. It is compulsory for facebooking, blogging and communicating with friends.

 Night – Usually still with my friends! Just hanging out, talking and laughing!


Cc: Describe your philosophy about the art of fashion?

 Hd: Fashion is something that is so subjective, fashion is an art, fashion is passion, fashion is desire, and fashion is bold! fashion is glam… but fashion for me is life!


Cc: Congratulations for winning the Best Dressed (Male Category in Anugerah Bintang Popular 2008 in Genting Highlands). Tell us about the winning creation. 

Hd: Knowing my identity; Hatta Dolmat, I always come out with the idea that is extraordinary. Risk? Criticism? I don’t care about all that because I know what I did has its base and I am still following the correct fashion guide.  It is valid and still within the theme to inject glam and fresh breath to trench ala suit with a details like songket. It is enough to uplift our custom and tradition to international level with a dash of euro street style.

Cc: Why Iz?

Hd: Why Iz? Hahahha definitely because Iz has a heart for fashion. He appreciates fashion. Why should I design for those who don’t know how to appreciate fashion? It is also mainly because Iz love towards fashion. All the elements reflected into Iz charisma and he carries it well!

Cc: Do you think Malaysian celebrities know how to dress?

Hd: No! As long as the word ‘sponsor’ is in their soul, they will wear anything. They don’t give attention and don’t realize the importance of fashion. Fashion is also business, if sponsorship is 24hour non-stop, designer will have to pack their stuff and shut down the business!


Cc: Best dressed personalities in the world?

 Hd: Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway and  Angelina Jolie


Cc: You are a runner up in Project Runway but now it seems like you are No 1 in almost everything you do. Do you agree if I said during Project Runway is the biggest platform in your career?

 Hd: Hahahhaah.. I am lying if I don’t want to win in Project Runway. Each of the competition that I am in, I want to win and I will do my best to win!

Yes, Project Runway is the biggest platform for me.  Everywhere I go,  people will whisper and smile and some of them even say hi to me like “Hatta kan? Yang PRM tuh ka?” I just smile and say yes!


Cc: Your favourite creation?

HD: Every piece is my favourite. But I am proud with my diploma collection with theme Scars of Nature.

Cc: You are designing wedding costume. Do you think it is a big market for Malay wedding business?

Hd: Definitely. Wedding is the biggest part in this business. I am also going into expand Hatta Dolmat to bridal line “Hatta Dolmat Couture”.


Cc: John Galliano or Giorgio Armani? Why

 Hd: Both. Galliano is high imagination and beyond the mind of normal human being! Hahaha. Armani for clean cut and elegant!  My idol is Elie Saab and Balenciaga!

Cc: Most of your design seems only for upper class society, any plan to create line for plain pedestrian Jack and Jane out there?

Hd: Hahahahah… definitely. Wait for Hatta Dolmat Ready to Wear. Still discussing and I am working toward it.

Cc: You are a Facebook star with more than 5000 friends in two accounts. You are much more popular than most of Malaysian celebrities out there. Comments?

 Hd: hahahaahahahah!!! No comment! hurm… I don’t know what to say!


Cc: You are a blogger, any favourite fashion bloggers?

Hd: Y.O.U – you!

Cc: This may sound weird, but did you read CuteCarry before?

Hd: Yes. Lately. I think CuteCarry really love fashion. I am excited and proud there’s fashion lover that really appreciate fashion and become part of fashion. Congratulations! I am proud of you!

Cc: Do you think Malaysia fashion is far behind Thailand and Indonesia?

 Hd: Not really far, so close!

Cc: It’s been hard for Malaysia (especially Malay designers)   to jump across the border and end up having a small boutique, your view?

Hd: I’ve been in this business for 5 years, and I can’t wait to own a boutique. But I have to face obstacles like capital and preparation. This is not an easy task. It is so different with those who with fund. Using money, anything they wish will be ready! hahahaha


Cc: Hatta Dolmat in ten years?

Hd: Hmmm.. during that time I am 37 year old. hahahhahaha

Maybe Hatta Dolmat can stand tall with other big name in our fashion industry. I just a tiny one.

Cc: Last word for CuteCarry readers out there? 
Hd: To all readers, keep reading this fashion blog. Support our industry by supporting each other. Thank you for featuring me in CuteCarry. Yes.. muah.. muha.. muah!!


So you know who is his favourite fashion blogger is. I really appreciate it!

Myself, Iz and Hatta

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June 3, 2009 Posted by | "CuteStyle Talk" | | 5 Comments

CuteTalk: Flip-flops ambition.

He is everything; from music producer , computer salesman, hot dog cart vendor, teacher and career coach . Now he is happy with flip-flop.

Thailand play a big part in his life because that is where he teaches, learned about the people and meet his flip flop. His business culture is 1% for the planet, 1% for the people and 1% for the Phitsanulok, Thailand. He could add philanthropist to his resume!    

CuteCarry talk with the owner of FeelGoodz, Kyle Berner.


Read about him in past CuteCarry entry here.

Despite his busy schedule travelling to 14 Whole Foods stores in Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas to promote his green products, he still manage to spend some time to share with CuteCarry readers his passion to help others,  his hope and  Brangelina!


Cc: Thank you for your time with CuteCarry. In less than a day after an entry about Feelgoodz in CuteCarry, I received tremendous feedbacks and questions about Feelgoodz from all over the world. What makes Feelgoodz so special?

They are the most comfortable flip-flops on the market.  They are also biodegradable and dyed with non-toxic inks.


 Cc: Supermodel Gisele Bundchen managed to sell millions pair of her Ipanema flip flops. Why people are so obsessed with flip flop?

They are just easy.  They go with anything and they let your feet breathe.  It epitomizes relaxation.


Cc: Which celebrities you want to see wearing Feelgoodz?

Celebrities that care about social enterprises.  Like Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt.


Cc: Does your flip flop cater the fashion conscious crowd?

It caters to every crowd.  That is what is so unique about Feelgoodz.  They cater to  everyone!


Cc: What is so special about Thailand?

The people are so friendly and giving, and it really affected me.  I loved it so much I wanted to spend the rest of my life giving back.


Cc: Your design flip flop based on your own experience (especially behind Twilight!), and it makes each pair so individual. Your favourite flop?

My favorite is the ATX pair.


 Cc: I can’t leave home without my aviator sunglasses, very energetic, love Calvin Klein and Armani, browsing to see what’s new at Marc Jacobs, eyeing for new Gucci tote and sometimes I am broke! Which Feelgoodz flop that is so me?

Limelight!  It is new and will arrive in July.


Cc:  Any plan to sell your flip flop in Malaysia?

Sure!  If we can…


Cc: You start to run Feelgoodz from your bedroom in your parent house. A classic introduction of a successful businessman. What’s next for Feelgoodz?

We want to build a lifestyle brand that uses sales of eco-friendly flip-flops to create positive social change around the globe.


To purchase eco-friendly flip-flops, visit

kyle image from

May 27, 2009 Posted by | "CuteStyle Talk" | 3 Comments

Cutecarry StyleTalk with Iz OIAM2

  He is one of the finalists in One In A Million Season 2.  

I am so impressed with multitalented Iz Suliani or better known as Iz. He can sing, write, blog, direct (yes.. he directs video), fairly educated (a degree and a Master from the Land of Down Under) and yes … he dressed like a truly fashionista. His bold approach make him stands up from the rest of the crowd.  Let me think.. erm..I wonder how many male Malaysian singers can dress like he does. Let count.. mmmmmm….. let say not many!

I’ve met him in a few occasions I must say that he is very approachable. He is such an energetic young guy who knows how to carry himself just like how he brilliantly wrap himself in high fashion pieces fresh from designer rack.

I am so happy when Iz managed to spend some of his busy schedule for a quality time with CuteCarry.  

FYI he owned Birkin.. yes.. Hermes Birkin. Keep reading!


The album cover. Dashing in Dior trench and shirt. Viktor and Rolf tie

Cc: Congratulations on your winning for the Anugerah Pakaian Lelaki Terbaik in recent Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian 2008. What do you think is the winning factors?

Iz: In my opinion, I reckon it is Hatta Dolmat’s ability & innate talent to translate my personality and transform the traditional ‘Songket’ into a nicely designed outfit that is of international standards. Also, I felt hugely confident wearing it on the red carpet because it speaks volumes of me as an individual and equally importantly, me as an artiste.


Loyal fashion royalty. Iz in head to toe, Yohji Yamamoto

Cc: Favourite designers?

Iz:Hedi Slimane, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, Gareth Pugh, Marc Jacobs for LV, Victor Rolf & Christopher Bailey for Burberry Prorsum.


As good as it get. Just put on Balenciaga

Cc: Malaysian designers?

Iz: Bernard Chandran & Hatta Dolmat


Iz embraces his Asian root. CuteCarry favourite look. Iz is in People of Asian or POA. A Singapore based label 

Cc:You are now officially Hatta Dolmat fashion muse; do you think you deserved to become a muse?

Iz: I don’t know if I deserve to be Hatta’s male muse or not but I do know how great it felt when a well-known designer like Hatta Dolmat had enough trust & confidence to put me in one of his exclusive creations which I thought is like a pure work of art. I just felt lucky.


Cc:As a muse, who is your fashion muse?

Iz: I do not have a fashion muse.


 Cc: Without any album, you still make waves especially for the urban crowd. Do you agree if I said, your fashion sense makes more waves than your music?

Iz: I am actually the first contestant from One In A Million 2 to release a CD which is a 6-track EP called Gonna Be Alright distributed by Sony BMG Malaysia. The EP acts as an appetizer to the full studio album I am currently working on now []. I am proud to say that even though I am not the winner or the 1st runner up of the show, I am in fact the 1st to officially release my music both physically & digitally in the market. This signifies how serious I am in trying to make it in this industry. My music maybe quite low on the Malay side but my debut English single Gonna Be Alright has even reached the top downloaded song on Celcom Xpax as of January 2009 & even reached #2 on FlyFM’s CampurChart, but I am aware that my music is still quite unknown among the Malay crowd. I am going to change this with the full album I am working on at the moment. I do agree that my fashion sense ‘paved the way’ for my music, which I think, is fantastic. You can never separate fashion and music, ever.


Cc: It is like so in fashion to become a celebrity cum fashion designer. Interested to join the troop?

Iz: I do have a love for designing but at the moment, I am too focused on performing, recording and writing my music, and to try getting it out there to the masses. I don’t mind designing as a hobby which I do sometimes.


  Cc: You seem to master the art of red carpet dressing. Any tips on how to dress like a  star?

Iz: Just be yourself but dress sensibly & accordingly. Try to follow the dress code stated in your invite to avoid any fashion mishaps or harsh critics by the fashion police. That works for me at least so I reckon it should work for others too.


Cc: Do you like to shop alone?

Iz: I actually do because I am such a fast shopper. Usually I know what I want and I make very quick decisions when it comes to making up my mind on fashion items, which can be very annoying sometimes for my shopping partner. That is why I prefer to do it alone at my own pace.


 Cc: Who is your shopping companion?

Iz: No one set in stone. I rather shop alone.


 Cc: The most stylish holiday getaway?

Iz: Staying at Milan’s Bvlgari hotel & having Louis Vuitton salespeople come up to my suite. The same happened when I stayed at Le Crillon in Paris. 


Louis Vuitton silk top.



Bvlgary sunnies, Louis Vuitton 1-ply cashmere top & U2 pants


Cc: KLCC or Pavilion?

 Iz: Neither. Haha. I shop elsewhere.


Cc: Bargain Bangkok or Posh Paris?

Iz: Seriously, I don’t mind shopping anywhere whether it is Patpong or the Marais district. Usually I will always be on the lookout for unique pieces no matter where, which I can later put together in order to form a look or theme. It is such a fun creative process that I immensely enjoy.

  Cc: One of your prominent style is your hair.Who is your hairstylist?

Iz: My hair is sponsored by Hairkunst ( The owner of the salon, Bambang Soteto (also was a finalist Cleo bachelor list 2009) is my hairstylist…. but I have got this hairstyle for a very long time since 2003 already so Bambang helped me maintain it in Malaysia.

Cc: Any beauty secret?  

Iz: Try to get good quality sleep meaning shutting your eye at least before 2AM. Always remember to wash yourself off any products like hairwax, gels or makeup before you go to bed. Easy! Like my name IZ.

 Cc: Any advised for inspiring young men that just started to be “in fashion”?

Iz: Just be yourself and dress for yourself…. There is nothing more fulfilling than that. Fashion should be fun, not stressful!


Fun Iz in Louis Vuitton bag & shoes,Comme gold pants,Dior Homme top.


Cc: You are more of shoes of bags person?

Iz: I am a shoe person. I got more than 300 pairs of Y3 Adidas & Puma Starck sneakers. I do buy & collect interesting shoes from Louis Vuitton, Dior Homme, Bally and Balenciaga.

Cc: I heard that you owned a black Hermes Birkin, where you bought it and how long is   the waiting list?

Iz: I actually didn’t buy it. It is actually a birthday gift I got for my 21st birthday celebration when I was living in Melbourne and I am not quite sure how long the waiting list was. It was bought for me in Hong Kong (I think) & made out of alligator skin.


Love his Geronimo LV Damier bag


 Cc: Most extravagant buy?

Iz: I don’t kiss and tell. Haha.


 Cc: Your most precious fashion item?

Iz: This is a hard question to answer. I consider everything I own as precious because to me they are all like works of art I fell in love with which is why I got them in the first place.


 Cc: Any fashion disaster moment?

Iz: I hope I didn’t make any. But really, I only dress for myself. So should everybody else who is reading this now!


 Cc:  Last word to your fans out there?

Iz: If you have bought or made a download purchase of my Gonna Be Alright EP on Gua Muzik, thank you so much! I really appreciate your support! If you haven’t please support my love of music by getting it 🙂 Also, lookout for my 2009 singles, A.L.O.N.E which is collaboration with AJ Pop Shuvit & Berakhir Cinta collaboration with an Indonesian composer. Lastly, drop by at my blog & don’t forget to say hi!


 'Best Dressed Male' Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian 2008/2009 | Concept&Design: Hatta Dolmat

Don’t forget to vote for Iz for Anugerah Mencari Pereka Popular Berita Harian in two simple steps

1st) Register with RAKAN BH. Type BH [space] DAFTAR [space] Nama [space] Nombor IC send to 32728

VOTE by typing: BH[space]ABP[space] 47[space]RAFFLESIA & send to 32728


Images: Iz personal collection

May 11, 2009 Posted by | "CuteStyle Talk" | 8 Comments