Grand finale of awards show to take spotlight

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 27 Apr 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The grand finale of the Star Designer Awards 2003 is the highlight of today's KL Fashion Week 2003 events. 

Ten finalists will showcase their presentation at Hall 3 of the exhibition centre beginning at 5pm. 

Guest-of-honour is Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir.  

Earlier in the afternoon, highly acclaimed fashion shoe designer Datuk Jimmy Choo will share his career experience at a talk. 

Those who attend the talk will be invited to see his display of couture specially flown in from England. 

Another notable personality is international designer Zang Toi who will showcase his newest creations at a fashion parade.  

New York-based Zang Toi is one of three Malaysian designers based overseas whose creations will be featured. 

The others are Hong Kong-based Eric Choon and British-based Shami Senthi. 

Shami said the local fashion industry had managed to interpret tradition and contemporary elements into a good mixture as seen in the creations of local designers like Carven Ong. 

“My own Spring/Summer collection is very much inspired by Michelle Pfeiffer and her role in Scarface, which is very sexy, stylish and glamorous,” said the designer, who has Malaysian parents and was born and raised in London. 

The morning programmes kick off at 11.30am with the Fashion Colleges Showcase, which will have budding designers unveiling their talents. 

Next up is the fashion parade by models of local designers such as Donna Chew, Kapas, Irene Looi, Jonathan Cheng, Syeba Yip, Amir Kadir, Key Ng and Kem Salleh. 

Looi said she decided to add four new designs to her showcase.  

“I had originally intended to use only eight outfits but decided at the last minute to add another four new creations to my line-up, so right now I am rushing to get them ready,” she said. 

Looi, who had returned from a fashion showcase in Hong Kong in January, said her collection was inspired by the four seasons. 

Other activities today include the exhibition of Qi Pao (cheongsam), Baba Nyonya jewellery and Barbie Collectibles and beauty talks by official presenters L'Oreal and Maybelline.  

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