KUALA LUMPUR: Local fashion designers have hailed KL Fashion Week 2005 as a platform that can boost individual careers as well as the industry.
Carven Ong, who is participating in the May 3 to 8 event, said it would be a great opportunity for local designers to showcase their designs and creativity.
“This is a good opportunity for us because we always have new collections and new designs to show,” he added.
KL Fashion Week 2005 is organised by The Star and presented by Tourism Malaysia and L’Oreal Malaysia.
Ong, who owns a fashion academy and a bridal boutique, also said the local designers would be able to exchange ideas with foreign designers at such an event and learn from each other.
“The Star has been showing a lot of support for designers and through such support, we will be able to improve ourselves,” he said.
Another designer, Hideaki Lim, said the event would be able to create greater awareness for the Malaysian fashion industry and designers.
“There should be more ideas and events such as this to help the upcoming, the well-known and the veteran designers.
“To stay in the industry, designers need access to the market and it is through such events that they can make their work known to the public,” said Lim.
Nazleen Noor, who is known for her ethnic fusion designs, said that by participating in the event she could promote her clothes in the local market.
“This is my second year of participation and every time I’m involved in such an event, I get to further style batik with a modern touch,” she said.
She also said the event would serve as a platform for young and top designers to share ideas.
“Before the young ones become top designers, they have to learn from the latter about techniques and get more exposure,” she said.
Echoing a similar sentiment, fellow designer Melinda Looi felt that there was room for improvement in the industry.
“The event is good and it should continue because it will help local designers and brands in the market to hopefully move up to international standards.
“But we have to learn from others to improve,” she said, adding that fashion show organisers should also learn from their foreign counterparts.