KUALA LUMPUR: Khoon Hooi was named Designer of the Year at the KL Fashion Week 2005 Editors Awards.
A well-known name among fashion aficionados, the designer took the coveted prize at the prestigious awards night, held for the first time yesterday.
The prize was presented by Datuk Jimmy Choo, Malaysia's most famous shoe designer.
During the 90-minute awards show at the Shangri-La Hotel here, singers Camelia and Anuar Zain were judged the Most Stylish Woman and Most Stylish Man of the Year respectively.
Model Amber Chia was named Best Female Model and Daniel Tan, the Best Male Model.
Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, the show's guest-of-honour, was presented the KL Fashion Week 2005 Friend of Fashion award for her outstanding contributions to the fashion industry
Melium Group president and fashion mogul Farah Khan received the Industry Achievement award. Both are citation awards.
His love of seeing women in beautiful dresses has helped Khoon Hooi go beyond his own expectations in the world of haute couture.
“I'm very excited to have won the award, but I'd have been equally happy just being nominated,” said the ecstatic designer, who beat Bernard Chandran, Melinda Looi, Rizalman Ibrahim and Tom Abang Saufi to walk off with the award.
Camelia, dressed in a brown dress by Maizen, said how one carried oneself was what being stylish was all about.
Tan, who has been modelling for two and a half years, said he loved the work and travelling.
Asked if he had a signature look when modelling, he said: “No. But I think I'm known for my boyish looks.”
As for Chia, the Guess model said she would not have won the award if not for her fans' support.
“I will keep on doing my best,” she said, adding that she might continue modelling for the next five years.
The function was a celebrity-filled event as well-known faces from the fashion world and the entertainment industry went on stage to present the awards to the winners, selected by a panel of 18 editors from leading English, Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese newspapers as well as fashion and lifestyle magazines.
They included model Soraya Dean, TV host Hannah Tan, actresses Umie Aida and Kavita Sidhu, and singers Misha Omar and Camelia.
Theatre personality Jit Murad, also a presenter, had the crowd in stitches when he discounted the notion that anyone could be a model by spelling out the “genetic miracles” required to be one – a proportionate body, high cheekbones, symmetrical features and straight teeth, among others.
Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and Tourism Minister Datuk Dr Leo Michael Toyad also attended the event.
Singer Sean Ghazi kept the crowd entertained, performing the opening act before returning onstage later to deliver a few more songs.
A special hair show featuring creative hairstyles was also presented by Grace Salon.
The Editors Awards are part of KL Fashion Week 2005, organised by The Star and presented by Tourism Malaysia and L'Oreal Paris