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by bervin cheong
All dressed up: DJ Haumin goes glam.
The Malaysian hosts of the upcoming 13th Global Chinese Music Awards are turning up the volume with their looks.
WHEN you think of punk, it’s not easy to deviate from the idea of torn T-shirts and all-black ensembles. Such is the association that has come to define the culture and its derivations of style.
On the other hand, when you put the theme of fantasy into context, you would probably expect to see something more avant-garde.
What happens then when these two fashion elements collide? It appears the result can be something of a contradition, yet seem a strange harmonious mix of aesthetics – as displayed by the looks of 988 FM radio announcers Ng Hau Min and Sam Mak Foong Ling (better known as Haumin and Sam respectively).
Both Haumin and Sam will be hosting the 13th Global Chinese Music Awards (GCMA). Taking place on Oct 5 at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, it is slated to be the year’s biggest music event.
Artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China such as Will Pan, Joey Yung, Raymond Lam, Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi will be making an appearance. From the local scene, stars the likes of Michael Wong, Gary Chaw, Penny Tai, Cheryl Lee and Issac Dang will be among those who will be attending the event.
Which brings us back to the fashion aspect of it all. The theme for the night is Punk Fantasy, and as such, the hosts are all set to wow in their different outfits, with the appropriate styling to suit the occasion.
Haumin and Sam will be wearing designs from local designer Venie Tee. No stranger to the fashion scene in Malaysia, Tee was awarded Most Promising Designer and Best Casual Wear by the Malaysian International Fashion Alliance (MIFA) in 2005.
With regard to designing the outfits for the GCMA hosts, Tee says, “I would like to think that my designs have always had a certain touch of fantasy to them. So, in this case, what I needed to do was to inject an element of punk.
“Punk to me is about being rebellious. It’s not about fitting into the mainstream. On the other end, fantasy takes a more quirky approach. In my designs for the hosts, you can spot both elements but it isn’t a clear-cut differentiation,” she explains.
For her costume, Haumin sports an edgy, floor-length dress with sequins on top and a cut-out back. Meanwhile, Sam is clad in a bodysuit, and flaunts a feathered stole and crinoline wrapped with pastel-coloured fabric panelling.
When interviewed, Haumin expresses excitement about her dress. She says: “It is very different from my usual style. I don’t usually dress so elaborately on a daily basis, so this an opportunity for me to have a little fun.”
Sam concurs as her usual style is simple, and as such, her outfit seems quite unusual to her.
“Initially, I found it to be amusing. On second thoughts, it is an interesting design. I guess having to be on stage, the outfits have to be stand-out designs. Well, mine certainly does in that respect,” she says.
The GCMA was established in the year 2000, with seven Asian radio stations taking turns to host it each time.
The main objective of GCMA is to promote the development of Chinese music and acknowledge outstanding contributors in the music industry.
Tickets to the event are priced from RM50 to RM800. Available from www.ticketcharge.com.my.
Styled for the occasion
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