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KL Fashion week: Asian Flavours
With talks of globalization and bringing the world under one roof going strong for years now, the fashion world seems to have picked up on this idea more quickly and effectively than the political arena. And only to prove it right the success and razzmatazz of the recently held KL Fashion week 2005 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia spells it out for us. It was one amazing fun and glamour packed week for not just only the Malaysians but all of Asia.
Truly Asian this exciting fashion week 3rd -8th May had managed to showcase the finest and best of Asian haute couture. The Star, Malaysia's leading newspaper and L'Oreal together with Tourism Malaysia, the official hosts of this event, have created a stir in not only the local designers but also among the other Asian designers.
Participants and renowned names in fashion world like Rohit Bal of India, Walter Ma of Hong Kong, Oscar Lawalata of Indonesia, Allan Ross of Singapore, Nono Palmos of the Philippines and many other talented designers from China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan showcased couture designer-wear throughout the week. The hosts made sure that no one left Malaysia without knowing how truly Asia Malaysia is.
The corporate night cocktails and gala fashion nights, the afternoon designers showcases of big names like Habib Jewels, Jaeger LeCoultre only revealed how rich, glamorous and fashionable we Asians are.
The Malaysian local designers like Zang Toi who is a big name in the west and Tom Abang Saufi, Beatrice Looi and Melinda Looi managed to lure the locals and foreigners to sheer ecstatic heights by featuring their latest masterpieces.
Singapore's leading designer Allan Ross's intricate work in colourful tiny glass beads was indeed stunning, Malaysia's Zang Toi collection was simply breathtaking and Mellinda Looi's dreamy Midsummer Night's Dream lived aptly to its name.
One feature that came out clean from this fashion week was that almost all these designer's wear were truly for people. Whether you were Bangladeshi or Indian or Chinese or Japanese or even American, you'd feel glam in any of these great outfits because all these dazzling renowned designers were truly international.
An interesting highlight of the event was the catwalk at the mall, on the concourse of 1Uttama a gigantic shopping mall where local designers showcased their latest in casual lines, shoppers were instantly having an idea of what to buy or who were their designer of choice. Well organized this daylong catwalk has surely added a new feature to fashion shows and events.
The KL fashion week 2005 wanted to spur young Malaysians in the fashion and beauty industry to reach higher levels of creativity and professionalism and to help put Malaysia on the world map of fashion and with them they also wanted other Asian countries to come along making the fashion world 'Truly Asia'.
Ending on one optimistic note this year, the event organizers felt that the Bangladeshi designers have a good chance of participating next year with their exquisite designer wear keeping in mind their international audience.
Raffat Binte Rashid back from Malaysia
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