STYLO the much anticipated fashion fest organised by the indefatigable and glamorous Dato' Nancy Yeoh of RAPR who is also known as the PR Queen of Malaysia opened with a bang on Saturday night at Chin Woo Stadium in the heart of old Kuala Lumpur.
I guess Dato' Nancy Yeoh played safe by having Opening Night on 2 April instead of a day earlier as some might think it was an April Fool's joke and decide not to turn up! You never know what people think!
As it was, the 'secret' location turned up to be the old but extremely well kept Chin Woo Stadium, one of KL's most historic landmarks. The stadium, built under the jurisdiction of Y.T Lee, was officiated by then Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Shah in 1950 and opened by High Commissioner of Great Britain Sir MacDonald. With the bigger Stadium Merdeka and Stadium Negara nearby, Chin Woo's glory days as the pre-eminent venue for badminton tournaments both locally and internationally are over but it is in spick and span condition. There is even a swimming pool should STYLO decide to host a bikini bash or Victoria Secret's show.
For the duration of STYLO 2011 from 2 to 10 April it has been magically transformed into Scarlet Theatre in the style of Parisian chic burlesque dance halls and cabarets inspired doubtless by the blockbuster 'Burlesque' and the earlier 'Moulin Rouge'. It has been decorated beyond recognition with walls dramatically clad in black and red with a double row of chandeliers glittering over the catwalk. Chin Woo Stadium is another surprise location that knocked the panties off the guests. Each year, STYLO and Dato' Nancy Yeoh keep guests in delightful suspense over the 'secret location' until the last minute. Two years ago the venue was at KL Lake Gardens. Last year it was held in Sentul, not the most upmarket of quarters but so unique as it was in a hall that had never seen such glamour, more so when attended by Her Majesty the Queen of Malaysia DYMM Permaisuri Agung Tuanku Nur Zahirah! The Queen was not at Scarlet Theatre tonight but there were plenty of queens swanning aroundI must say.
Opening Night featured 11 designers from MODA (Malaysia Official Designers Association) that will be celebrating its 21st birthday in May! President of MODA Gillian Hung aka Mama G welcomed the guests while emcee Edwin Sumun whose red high heels in faux leopard is something I need to get.
Me in feathers by HoleinOne and Princess Dr Becky Leogardo in yellow Hermes Birkin.
Founder, owner, chairman and CEO of STYLO International Dato' Nancy Yeoh with her son Alex and friend Kyle and Princess Dr Becky Leogardo. Dato Nancy and Princess Becky should swop their Hermes bags as Dato' Nancy's yellow outfit matched Princess Becky's Birkin perfectly while Dato' Nancy's black Kelly could go with the dark blue dress!
Dato' Nancy Yeoh with tall friend who can't be that famous as I don't know her wor...
Kee and fans; Well, they asked to be photographed with me so I guess they can't be my enemies.
Sexy guests sitting behind me
Gillian Hung, president of MODA and Edwin Sumun whose heels I gotta get too
Supermodel Amber Chia wearing gown by Alan Tay featuring feathers just like my shirt! Many feathers proliferated on Opening Night!
Full view of Amber Chia in Alan Tay
Alan Tay receiving the applause with his models
The second designer whose show featured a singer.
Outfit by Aidawati Saidin
Designer Aidawati Saidin
Notice Ashley for Kapas' blue feathers and my red, purple and pink feathers? We were birds of a feather! See bleow..
Ashley for Kapas with his feathery and glittery creations.
Dominique Chan's painterly gowns flaunted Old Masters images of 17th century nobility, Venus and cherubs.Perfect for royal balls at Versailles or Kuala Lumpur
The back views were just as enticing!
Dominique Chan with his drama ballgowns Scarlett O'Hara would have loved to wear as she glided down the staircase at Tara mansion!
Michelle Lau for Meesha Sukira. Looks like Pucci a bit, don't you think?
Michelle Lau for Meesha Sukira
The youngest model on the catwalk! We can safely presume she is the daughter of designer Nazleen Noor?
Nazleen Noor at the end of her batek inspired show.
Nurita Harith's creations are gossamer light.
Nurita Harith at her finale
IR+ curated by Radio Active
Top male supermodel Wilson Tan
Syomir Izwa's saree inspired collection fit for a Maharani or any queen.
Syomir Izwa and his designs.
Girly-wurly confections by Venie Tee
Venie Tee and Co.
The final Grand Parade of 11 designers and their models.
This tall Isetan buyer just got taller by one foot with his hat.