KUALA LUMPUR: The final Afternoon Designer Showcase took off with a spectacular array of designs at the Shangri-La Hotel here.
Yesterday's show, presented by Jaeger-Le Coultre, featured the distinct couture identities of two renowned designers – Tom Abang Saufi and Melinda Looi.
The event was graced by the Sultanah of Pahang Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom, who was accompanied by members of the Pahang, Negri Sembilan and Perak royal families.
Also present were socialites, celebrities and society's bigwigs, many of whom sported creations by both designers.
Preceding the fashion show was a surprise performance by Malaysian Idol Jaclyn Victor, who was dressed in an elegant number designed by Tom.
Unlike her black-and-white themed showcase at the Corporate Cocktail Night by Tourism Malaysia two nights ago, Tom made sure colours came alive with her designs, themed White Maharanis of Sarawak.
Appearing in a burst of colour and signature ethnic influences against a backdrop of pulsating cultural sounds, Tom displayed feminine fun and sensuality in a myriad of brilliant hues, batik motif, flowing sleeves and pants, and layered skirts.
“My designs are a meeting of the East and West, inspired by the white maharanis of Sarawak who embraced local costumes and looked chic wearing them.
“Today's show is a celebration of fashion and a tribute to women who make it a point to look good. I want to show that batik can be worn by young and old alike,” said Tom.
While Tom featured a party of colours, Looi's Midsummer Nights Dream was an ethereal and whimsical play of white, off-white and gold.
Models sashayed down the catwalk in a generous display of tassels, multi-tiered skirts, ruffles, gatherings, petticoats and lace.
Beads, diamantes, bows and pretty embroideries accentuated each piece.
Although so different in style, both designers displayed dazzling creativity that left guests captivated.