Fashion fair ends in splendour

  • Nation
  • Monday, 28 Apr 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: A winning combination of indulgent as well as practical fashion creations by up-and-coming local designers capped off the final day of the inaugural KL Fashion Week 2003 extravaganza. 

Both seasoned fashion buffs and curious newbies were hungering for more.  

The finale was relished by the designers as well, who included local names like Irene Looi, Amir Kadir, Ashley Wong and Kem Salleh of Kapas, Syeba Yip, Donna Chew and Key Ng. 

Looi’s grand and royal-looking collection of flamboyant gold and granite creations fit the extravagant nature of the fashion extravaganza’s shows, while the Kapas collection, “Grace, Spirit & Life”, flaunted more earthy garments that were strewn with an exquisite array of colours, from pleasant orange summer dresses to funky pink and rainbow-coloured creations as well as loose neon green numbers. 

“We rushed to complete this particular collection and we wanted to give the best for the fashion show. 

“It turned out very colourful, due to the models doing well and also the audience which gave the show the impact it needed,” said Kem on behalf of Kapas. 

Kem added that Wong was the main designer in the team, while his job was to source for the accessories, and that the duo would veto each other’s opinions for ideas. 

“Our collections are based more on the practical and commercial aspects of the garments,” he said. 

Looi, meanwhile, said that she and her team of six assistants spent six months on her collection displayed yesterday, and that the garments were fashioned after the seasonal change from autumn to winter. 

“My work tends to be very influenced by recent trends, and what you see are very updated and very elegant outfits,” she said. 

Former clerk Looi, who had been active in the fashion world for 10 years now, had moved from her Ipoh hometown to New Austern Academy of Fashion in Singapore and Hong Kong, and then to Shanghai, China, before settling in Kuala Lumpur with her own boutique. She said she struggled financially at first but managed to make a career out of fashion. 

“I started taking design courses because I thought I could design my own dresses so I could save a lot of money and start my career as a fashion designer,” said Looi. 

Other local designers who displayed their works to the KL Fashion Week audience included Syeba Yip (with her collection “Not So Black”), Key Ng (“Gattaca”), Johnathan Cheng (“Metropolitan”), Donna Chew (“Rugged Romance”) and Amir Kadir (“Butterfly”). 

“Butterfly” was a particularly elaborate collection, highlighting long, flowing floral outfits that used feathery accessories and stuck to strictly black and white themes.  

Looi owns a boutique in 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Salleh and Wong own Kapas Coutoure in KLCC, while Ng and Cheng both have their own boutiques set up in Kuala Lumpur. 

All the designers extended their kudos to The Star for the well-organised event and the spellbound shows.  

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