PENANG Fashion Week concluded at Gurney Paragon Mall with stylish runway shows that underline the state’s emergence as a regional fashion hub.
Fashion lovers feasted their eyes on collections by renowned international brands and unique creations by home-grown designers.
My Dream Wedding unveiled stunning and sophisticated bridal wear from Hong Kong and Paris.
Complemented by crystal accessories from Swarovski Elements, the gowns were ethereal and romantic.
Later, Number Three by Backstage put on a hair show, followed by sessions from Aden Yong and Keith Kee, both locals who are now prominent names in the industry.
The nine-day couture extravaganza, held for the first time in Penang, wrapped up yesterday with a cheque presentation of RM8,000 to The Penang Home. The funds were raised from the auction of a dress by London-based Tanya Steven.
Hunza Properties Bhd executive director Lily Tan believed the event helped elevate Penang’s fashion industry in the eyes of the world.
“The increased exposure can only bode well. I hope overseas retailers have noticed Penang’s wealth of talent.
“It also shows that locals love their fashion and this will help attract the biggest brands here,” she noted.
Encouraged by the positive response, Tan said Penang Fashion Week would be an annual affair.
Organisers are also looking to bring in some overseas designers to complement home-grown talents, with the aim to facilitate an exchange of ideas.
“Many local designers have also approached us, eager to participate in future editions,” she said.
Earlier on Saturday, the next generation of fashion talents from Equator College gave the crowd a taste of what was to come in a segment themed ‘Art13’.
British retailer Debenhams featured its Spring/Summer 2015 collection of diverse styles that ranged from statement blooms to 1970s Bohemia.
Many of the outfits came from well-known designers Julien Macdonald, Matthew Williamson, Ben de Lisi, John Rocha, Jasper Conran and Henry Holland.
Logo Fashion Lounge and Gallery showcased its prestigious brands like Marc Jacobs, Just Cavalli, Viktor and Rolf, Dsquared2, Vivienne Westwood, Maison Martin Margiela and MM6.
There were also Q&A sessions and giveaways, with some visitors walking away with shopping vouchers.
The day’s programme ended with a show by Samantha Chua featuring captivating pieces from her Emmanuel Haute Couture label.
On Friday, emerging local designer Lim Syer Khai, better known as Xue Kai, mesmerised the crowd with his avant garde and futuristic garments.
That was followed by a live hair show by Hair Story and a joint session featuring footwear by Ecco and apparel by Kenneth Cole.
Event partners for the fashion week included Sephora, Oppo, Hair Story, Shiseido Professional, Air Asia, Backstage, Number Three by Backstage, G Hotel, Equator College, Mini, Auto Bavaria, Mackidd Bill Production, Four Points by Sheraton and Velvet Signature.
The Star was the event’s official media partner.