KUALA LUMPUR: She is one of the most recognisable faces of CNN International, and at eight tonight the famous anchor of Talk Asia, Lorraine Hahn, will host the Batik Extravaganza at the Starhill shopping centre here.
Looking svelte in a tight white skirt, greyish-blue shirt and a cardigan, Hahn was at Jendela Batik yesterday morning to trade her casual wear for a fitting of her official batik attire as host of the fashion show.
Her chosen wear is a hand-painted contemporary batik motif top on organza and a matching crepe de chine sarong.
“I like Western designers like Donna Karan and wear a lot of Thiery Muggler suits on the set but I have always loved batik. But I can’t find a lot of batik in Hong Kong,” said Hahn, who is based there.
About 20 models will parade batik collections from local designers such as Bill Keith, Eric Choong, Khoon Hooi, Michael Ong, Melinda Looi, Nazleen Noor, Radzwan Radzwill and Simon Lee.
The Batik Extravaganza is part of the Malaysian Batik – Crafted For the World movement that aims to bring the craft international recognition.
There will be three phases, beginning with the Batik Extravaganza followed by an awareness campaign early next year and an international conference in 2005.
Batik exhibitions, trade and craft shows, including 45 fashion shows will be held in Kuala Lumpur until Jan 11.
The highlight of the extravaganza is Piala Seri Endon which would see 49 designs compete for the grand prize of RM30,000 sponsored by The Star.