Fitting finale for noble cause

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 20 Aug 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Last night’s Style & Sensuality Gala Dinner was a fitting finale to KL Fashion Week 2003. The dinner brought together some of the brightest fashion talents for a worthy cause. 

The fund-raising event was attended by over 1,000 guests comprising royalty, corporate figures, politicians, socialites and celebrities. 

Organised by The Star and presented by L’Oreal, the three-hour fashion extravaganza delivered not just thrilling sights and sounds but also over RM1.6mil for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar). 

The Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur’s grand ballroom came alive the moment its doors opened at 7.30pm. The guests strolled in dressed to the hilt,adding more colour to the red and gold setting. 

Four giant screens, strategically placed at four corners of the ballroom, played video clips that traced the chain of activities leading to the gala dinner. It helped the guests relate to the development of the event and its significance. 

At 7.55pm, guest-of-honour Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, arrived and was received by Star Publications (M) Bhd managing director Datuk Steven Tan.  

She was presented a bouquet of flowers by Dalian model Zhang Ying Xiao. 

Tan took to the rostrum to enlighten the guests on the objectives of the event. 

(The gala dinner was supposed to have been the highlight of the inaugural KL Fashion Week 2003 from April 23 to April 27 but the global Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak resulted in its postponement.) 


L’Oreal Malaysia Sdn Bhd managing director Alvin Michael Hew outlined the cosmetic company's efforts in supporting local talents and the creative mind. 


“Creativity, we believe, is a key ingredient in allowing us to achieve the country’s vision of becoming a developed nation in 2020. 

“On that note, as a presenter, we are also proud to be part of an important event to raise funds for Utar to help develop the future minds of the nation,” he said. 

The show began when the spotlight was directed at the backdrop to highlight the KL Fashion Week 2003 logo. Colourful lights danced about on the white backdrop when the emcees announced the first set of the show themed A Tropical Collection

Making her entrance was the 178-cm tall Dalian model Huang Xiaolou clad in a flowing skirt with matching top by Sarimah Adzrina. The black and white collection boasted of ethnic motifs. 


The models sashayed down the fashion runway to upbeat music and delivered a dazzling show which also featured creations of New York-based Zang Toi and London-based Justin Oh. 


Zang Toi’s black and deep purple European couture evening wear collection had a twist of Oriental flavour, while Oh’s casual collection that played with lines and basic colour had elements of fun. 

When the models retreated after the first set, guests remained entertained by the soothing music of the Dama Orchestra. 

After that came the highlight of the night with the second set themed The Exquisite Nyonya Kebaya which demonstrated 









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