PARTICIPATING designers of the recent Penang Fashion Week 2017 at Gurney Paragon Mall will jump at the chance to return for future editions.
They include established Malaysian names like Bon Zainal and Eric Choong.
This is testament to how far the event has come in just three years.
Both designers have 25 years of experience in the industry and have showcased their creations across Asia and Europe. But they felt the event in Penang offered something different.
“I’ve been involved in fashion weeks in Paris and Milan but never had a chance to showcase my creations in Penang and enjoy the warm hospitality here.
“It was a lovely experience. I’m delighted to have been a part of it and hope to experience more in coming years,” said Zainal.
The Kuala Lumpur-based couturier is known for his classy menswear and certainly impressed with his Katana collection during the Opening Gala of Penang Fashion Week 2017.
The collection, named after the traditional Japanese sword wielded by the samurai, featured a stylish range of suits and printed jackets incorporating Asian fabrics like songket and batik.
“In fashion, there are no limits. This fashion week has the potential to grow to be as big as other famous ones in the world,” said Zainal.
Choong, who introduced his vibrant Listen to the Flowers collection during the opening, shared those sentiments. It was his second year at Penang Fashion Week.
“Designers from other countries remarked that they were very impressed by the set-up.
“If invited, of course I’d love to be part of it again,” said Choong, who is also based in the Klang Valley and believes in using his garments to promote Asian fabrics.
Planning for next year’s event has already begun in earnest with the date set for April 21 to 29.
The mall’s management teased that the event would be even bigger with more Malaysian and foreign designers set to be featured.