Tradition-inspired modernity


Kee taking a bow after his Chinese New Year collection show. — Photos: MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star

NOTHING is as it seems when it comes to a Keith Kee design, as guests found out during a preview of the designer’s upcoming “Year of Golden Rat” 2020 Collection.

A long and sweeping gown quickly became a modern short one thanks to a detachable skirt, while an intricate neck piece could be removed to adorn another outfit.

Although best known for his traditional cheongsam designs, Kee presented a more cosmopolitan range for his latest Chinese New Year collection.

“This time I am presenting some cheongsam-inspired gowns but you will not see classic cheongsam.

“As many of my clients already have cheongsam, they prefer more cosmopolitan and less traditional designs, ” he said, but was quick to add that cheongsam would never go out of style.

Decadent silk, chiffon and crepe de chine are used in the collection, which was modelled in a fashion show at KL Eco City Mall in Kuala Lumpur.

To add sparkle to the outfits, Kee collaborated with Poh Kong which complemented the designs with jewellery made of gold, diamond and coloured gemstones.

Poh Kong showcased a variety of jewellery pieces, including those from its in-house brand Tranz, Happy Love collection, Anggun that featured Asian-inspired designs of floral motifs and a selection from the jeweller’s Diamond & Gems collection.

“Those who wear my couture dresses will also wear jewellery, be it simple stud earrings or elaborate necklaces or bracelets. So this partnership with Poh Kong is perfect, ” said Kee.

Some 250 guests were treated to a splendour of colours with red, pink, yellow, blue and silvery-grey as the colours of the designer’s collection.

The outfits were also adorned with plenty of handmade flowers, dainty embroidery as well as feathers, lace and auspicious emblems.

The event kicked off with an original song composed and sung by beauty queen-turned-singer Soo Wincci.

Soo herself later took to the stage, along with other celebrities, wearing Kee’s designs.

Other recognisable personalities walking the stage were national badminton ace Goh Liu Ying, actresses Stella Chung and Lavin Seow, singers Nicole Lai and Jacqueline Tiang as well as model Kelly Jagan.

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