PRODUCED BY TRADISI BUSANA PR SDN BHD
KUALA LUMPUR FASHION WEEKEND 2015
The fifth annual KL Fashion Weekend 2015 (KLFWend) kicked off eight days of fashion with an array of spectacular runway shows featuring collections of top and emerging local and international designers.
KLFWend is supported by Tourism Malaysia and organised in conjunction with 1Malaysia Year-End Sale 2015 (1MYES).
It aims to promote the Government’s initiative to make Malaysia a vibrant Duty Free shopping destination, attract new luxury and lifestyle brands and turn Malaysia into a leading retail distribution hub within the region under the Tourism NKEA Entry Point Project #1: Malaysia, Duty Free Destination (EPP#1: Duty Free Malaysia).
What started out as a retail event first introduced in 2011, KLFWend has evolved to include designer presentations called Kuala Lumpur Alta Moda presentations and New Generation Fashion Awards.
KL Alta Moda, which means ‘high fashion’ in Italian, aims to present a platform for the interaction between the couturiers/leading fashion designers/labels and the higher echelon of the Malaysian society while the New Generation Fashion Awards is a competition organised to identify new fashion talents who possess the potential to become innovative fashion industry players of the future.
It is open to Certificate/Diploma and Degree graduates of leading design and fashion schools.
The theme for this year’s event revolved on local heritage textiles like batik, songket and limar. These are highlighted through the works of local designers/labels like Fatimah Chik (one of Malaysia’s most renowned batik authorities), Ruzz Gahara, Layar Sutra by Betty Banafe, Kraftangan and Karyaneka.
“We are trying to invigorate and elevate our local fashion and textile industry, especially our heritage textiles like Batik, Songket, Tenun and Limar, through partnership programmes between textile producers and designers. Our first success is the collaboration between Kraftangan Malaysia and Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE.
Our participants this year e.g. Fatimah Chik and Ruzz Gahara, who bring unique perspective and designs to their Batik materials are some of the best examples of how the industry can attract international and renowned designers to look at Malaysia and our local textile producers for the fabrication of their next Collection” says Dodi, Director of Tradisi Busana PR Sdn Bhd and organiser of KLFWend.
Dame Zandra Rhodes, under the KL Alta Moda category is showing a collection specially created for Kraftangan, made from Malaysian hand-painted silk. The Collection was first showcased at London Fashion Week SS16 from 18 to 22 September 2015.
Other new and established designers/labels presenting at KLFWend under KL Alta Moda category are Gene by Eugene Lim, Eggie Azman, Farah Salleh, Lynda Rahim, Amanda Brown Couture who is presenting her last showcase in Malaysia before focusing on the International fashion scene, Suhara Jewel Art, Al Jameela (Muslimah collection) and LORD’s.
This year, under the KL Alta Moda category, KLFWend will also present Collections by Amato (from Dubai) and Ae’lkemi (from Australia). Amato is UAE’s first global designer brand that has earned itself an international cult following – from royalty to international celebrities including super-model Heidi Klum, singing sensations Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Shakira, Nicole Scherzinger and Amber Rose.
Ae’lkemi is a Perth based designer, whose garments are recognised for their signature seductive elegance that represents feminity. Over the years, Ae’lkemi has become synonymous with high-end fashion and has been seen on the catwalks of New York, London, Milan and Berlin Fashion weeks.
The couturier has also become the first Australian to be inducted into the Asian Couture Federation. KL Fashion Weekend will be Ae’lkemi’s premier collection show in the region.
The New Generation Fashion Awards, scheduled for 22 November 2015, was the exclusive stage for graduate students from some of the country’s leading fashion and design schools to present their graduating Collections.
“We are thrilled to give these students a platform to showcase their collections, an avenue for them to show-off their talent for design and fashion. We hope the experience will leave them feeling enthusiastic and inspired” said Dodi.
KLFWend also presented 2 Forums;
d Forum1: Up-Close & Personal with Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE on 16 November 2015.
d Forum 2: Limar on 20 November 2015.
Keeping to the hallmark of all KLFWend events, guests and media were entertained by classically trained tenors and sopranos, singing well-loved numbers from the famous operas and musicals at KLFWend.
IZEN KONG IS MALAYSIA'S BEST MALE OPERATIC TENOR/SINGER AS THE BEST IS SYAFINAZ SELAMAT
DATO KEE HUA CHEE IN PINK WITH NAILA MAZZUCCO THE AUSTRALIAN TRADE COMMISSIONER WHO CAME TO SUPPORT AUSTRALIAN DESIGNER AE'LKEMI FROM PERTH
THINK PINK, BLACK AND WHITE!
DATIN SHARIFAH SHAWATI AND FRIEND
DATO KEE HUA CHEE AND WIFE OF LEBANONESE AMBASSADOR
SHOWTIME BY AMANDA BROWN WHO DELVED INTO DEEP, DARK DENIM AND 21ST CENTURY GOTHIC
EERIE AND SCARY BUT VERILY COOLLY
LOVE THE INNOVATIVE WAY AMANDA BROWN PLACED THE ARCH ANGEL'S WINGS UPSIDE DOWN! DID THIS IMPLY THIS WAS A FALLEN ANGEL LIKE ME
MICHEL JACKSON RESURRECTED?
LOVE THE JACKET
COMPELLING TO WATCH
AMANDA BROWN AND MUSE JASMINE MICHAEL THE WELLKNOWN ACTRESS
GRAND SHOW BY AMANDA BROWN COUTURE
JEWEL SHOW BY SUHARA JEWEL ART AT FIRST FLOOR, BANGSAR SHOPPING CENTRE, JALAN MAAROF KL
FINAL PARADE OF BIG BEAUTIFUL BLING
SUHARA OMAR MAKES AN APPEARANCE IN A SPECTACULAR ROBE
SUHARA OMAR THE ART JEWELLER!
DESIGNER JOVIAN MANDAGIE TAKES SNAPS OR MAYBE CHECKS HIS EMAIL AS IZEN KONG SINGS HIS HEART, BODY AND SOUL OUT
IZEN KONG IS THE BEST CHINESE MALE TENOR ALIVE IN MALAYSIA RIGHT NOW
THE BEST FEMALE IS SHAFINAZ SELAMAT
JOVIAN'S FINGERS DOING PHOTO BOMB
DODI THE OWNER, ORGANISER AND PERPETRATOR OF KL FASHION WEEKEND ALSO SINGS HIS HEART OUT. DODI IS THE BEST NON-PROFESSIONAL MALAY SINGER IN MALAYSIA AS I TYPE
SUHARA OMAR IS ALL SMILES AFTER HER JEWEL ART SHOW
SUHARA CHATTING WITH NINA SABRINA THE WIFE OF JOVIAN MANDAGIE
DODI MOHAMED RULES THE CATWALK WHEN IT COMES TO SINGING
DODI IS A GREAT SINGER! HE SANG 'LET ME FALL' FROM CIRQUE DE SOLEIL
IF DODI HAD STAYED IN LONDON, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN A BIG STAR BY NOW!
DESIGNER FUME ONE WAS STUCK IN DUBAI AND UNABLE TO COME TO KUALA LUMPUR SO WE WATCHED HIS LABEL AMATO ON VIDEO!
AE'LKEMIE COLLECTION FROM PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA!
HOT FRONT AND BACK
WONDER IF SHE IS WEARING UNDERWEAR
AMANDA BROWN CARTING HER FABULOUS COLLECTION HOME
AMANDA BROWN AND HUBBY