SEPANG: The Dalian models troupe, scheduled to perform at the KL Fashion gala dinner on Tuesday, touched down at KL International Airport in style last night and momentarily turned the walkalators in the airport into a “mini fashion runway.”
Heads turned and stares of admiration followed the eye-catching 19 models with imposing heights and slender figures who strutted down the walkalators towards the arrival hall at about 9pm.
The 25-strong Dalian troupe – which also comprised a designer, a stage director and supervisors – had arrived five days ahead of the Style and Sensuality gala dinner in preparation for the glamorous event organised by The Star and presented by L’Oreal.
Troupe leader Yu Mei, who is also the Dalian Model Art School principal, said she had been looking forward to the performance in Malaysia since early this year.
“After months of delay due to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak, we are finally here and we have perfected our style of presentation,” said Yu, who was among the pioneer batch of models in China.
Star Publications (M) Bhd’s Senior Manager, marketing services, Iris Tan said all preparations were on track to ensure the models would present a dazzling show at the gala dinner at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur aimed at raising funds for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.
After a photography session, the Dalian troupe was ushered to waiting vehicles – two 14-seater Mercedes Benz mini coaches – and brought to Cititel Mid Valley, where staff led by the hotel's assistant manager B.E. Lim extended another round of Malaysian hospitality to the delegation.
A sumptuous supper – including Teochew porridge, local delicacies, mooncakes and refreshing welcome drinks – awaited the delegation, which had endured a 12-hour journey with a transit in Shanghai.
The hotel's communications manager Huang Chiah Ming said the supper spread was aimed at giving a taste of Malaysia to the delegation without “testing their limits” for foreign food on the first day of their arrival.
“The food was less spicy and we would also like to make them feel at home by introducing Malaysian-flavoured mooncakes, like pandan and durian, for an early celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival,” he said, adding that the delegation was also presented with corporate gifts.
The models said the supper arrangement was a pleasant surprise, adding that it was nice to have something to warm the stomach after a long flight.
“I find the durian-flavoured moon cake unusual and I like it,” said one of the models.
Over the next few days, the models will be trying out suitable hair-dos, make-up and undergoing rehearsals for the two performances on Tuesday – An Afternoon with the Dalian Models at 2.30pm and the Style and Sensuality dinner at 8pm at the same venue.
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