GRADUATING students of the La Salle International Design School recently displayed their talent and creativity at the Charity Design Showcase Amptitude 2003, held at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Featuring a wide range of themes, from tribal to animal, the show demonstrated the ingenuity of the fashion design students, not just through their creations but in presentation as well.
Part of the students’ graduation exercise, the event was also a competition of sorts with judges designer Melinda Looi; MODA vice president, Yong Chi Yen; and designer Donna Chew picking the evening’s top designer.
A total of 15 young designers flaunted their designs on the catwalk. In the audience were notable local designers, fashion aficionados, the media, and family and friends of the students.
My personal favourites were designs by Armenda Tan Lee Boon, Mindy Yap Mei Shien, William Chui Wei Lam and Veronica Wee Pei Voon.
Armenda’s collection, City of Sun, was a vibrant burst of colour depicting “life and all its passion under the sun”. Infused with tribal and ethnic motifs, City of Sun certainly got a few appreciative nods from the audience.
Mindy’s Ethnic Urbanite was another crowd favourite. Her nature-inspired collection was feminine, albeit with a hard edge, achieved through the combination of soft and breezy chiffon with leather and suede.
Signifying “a lost faith in love”, William’s Philanthropy was sexy and elegant, classic and modern. With the recurrent motif of painted flowers on soft, off-white fabric, this collection was almost good to go. Nevertheless, the range that got the attention of both the audience and the judges was Poetic Charm by Veronica Wee, who emerged the top prize winner. Created with “poetic influences”, her designs were for “a gentle lady with a touch of boyishness”.
A prominent feature of Veronica's designs were the unusual collars and sleeves as well as pleats and gathers.
First runner-up was Chloe Teoh Lee Chuin with her Farior Emperors collection.