Tuesday, May 9, 2017

PART 6 OF GRAND AWARDS CEREMONY ON THE CLOSING NIGHT OF THE 10th MERCEDES-BENZ STYLO ASIA FASHION FESTIVAL AT GATEWAY MALL WHEN THE GREATEST, MOST IMPORTANT, COVETED, PRESTIGIOUS AND TO-DIE-FOR AWARD OF 'MOST CREATIVE INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR 2017' WAS BESTOWED ON DATO KEE HUA CHEE! THIS IS DUE TO THE BLESSINGS OF BUDDHA AND PERSONAL INTERCESSION OF JESUS CHRIST! AND GANESHA WHO REMOVED ALL OBSTACLES FOR DATO KEE HUA CHEE TO WIN THIS AWARD WHICH I BELIEVE COMES WITH A 2-DOOR MERCEDES-BENZ SPORTS CAR

KEE@FSWMAG.COM
PHOTOS BY CANON POWERSHOT SX710 HS
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DATO KEE HUA CHEE WORE BESPOKE KEITH KEE
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FIRST I MUST APOLOGISE TO DATO NANCY YEOH AND MERCEDES-BENZ. REASON? FOR CURSING THEM!


When emcee Isabelle announced the 'Most Creative Influencer Award of 2017' I was consumed and roiling with bitterness, jealousy, frustration, anger, humiliation and suicidal thoughts (which lasted for a nano second but still I did think of it) as I thought I deserved it.


I was not told I would be receiving anything and after 10 long, agonising years of covering Mercedes-Benz Stylo Asia Fashion Festival, I sorta got used to not getting anything. It's like a wife or gf being sexually abused for a decade and you tend to get used to it. I dunno why I should include sex but it sounds more dramatic like the Seven Deadly Sins of which we are heir to.


While waiting for this award, my 11-yr old son Dedione Kee died on 4 may 2011 and I wept until Dato Sri Princess Dr Becky Leogardo (then not yet Dato Sri) got fed-up and took me to Pets Wonderland in MidValley and paid RM 2,300 for a new 2 month old replacement puppy of same color, breed, sex, name and size.


By the grace of God, on 24 October 2014 the Sultan of Pahang made me a Dato.


On 1 August 2016 my father ascended the dragon and went to heaven.


So it took 2 deaths and 1 Datoship for me to receive this award OK! My life is so dramatic.


So there I was, sitting fretfully and glaring balefully at everyone and feeling sorry for myself against a cruel world. And cursing Dato Nancy Yeoh so her assets would shrink from melons to grapes and resemble KLIA.


I wanted to whimper like my poodle but tried to be brave and strong. At my age and in my condition, I thought it was long overdue!


After all, Isabelle was going on and on about how this winner was so accomplished, talented, diligent, intrepid, hard working, universally acclaimed and of course creative, not only in writing but also attitude and appearance---she could be describing me! Little did I know she was!


I was also terrified as it seemed like I had a rival after all and I always thought no one came close to my magnificence, radiance and brilliance! 


I contemplating skulking to the loo to avoid the utter humiliation of being outgunned and outclassed by another contender but luckily Buddha and Jesus forestalled me.


I felt like throwing a chair at the winner but there were only cushions and throwing my Canon Powershot camera would be a waste so I switched off my Canon Powershot as no way I was going to take photos of this upstart who would upstage me.


So imagine my undiluted, unfettered and unalloyed joy when my illustrious name was called! "The winner is Dato Kee Hua Chee"!


It was a miracle I did not have a heart attack! 


If I did, I would die happy and join my father in heaven.


But the gods and goddesses want me stay on earth to look after my sainted mother so I gave my Canon camera  to Samantha Goh to take photos and jumped on stage! You never know, they might change their mind.


I was told the other awards like Industry Award, Best Designer Showcase, Lifetime Achievement and Designer of the Year awards are supposed to be even more important but I never heard such nonsense, have you? After all, my award was the first to be given so logic dictates mine was MOST IMPORTANT! 


In fact I don't even want to mention the other awards and winners but have to under duress.



TA DA! AFTER 10 YEARS OF WAITING IMPATIENTLY, DATO KEE HUA CHEE FINALLY WAS AWARDED THE MOST IMPORTANT, COVETED AND PRESTIGIOUS 'MOST CREATIVE INFLUENCER AWARD OF 2017'! PRESENTED BY JEREMY KHAW THE COMMERCIAL MANAGER OF BEAM SUNTORY
SOME SAY THE 'DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD', 'BEST SHOWCASE AWARD' AND 'LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD' ARE MORE IMPORTANT BUT I OPPOSE MOST VEHEMENTLY.

JEREMY KHAW CAN BOAST HE PRESENTED ME THE AWARD WHEN I WIN THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
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OK WE BACKTRACK/REWIND A BIT IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER---THIS IS JEREMY KHAW GOING ON STAGE TO GIVE ME THE AWARD
ISABELLE THE EMCEE READING THE LONG LIST OF ATTRIBUTES OF THE WINNER OF 'MOST CREATIVE INFLUENCER OF 2017' AWARD AS NO NAME APPEARED ON THE SCREEN AT BACK
'AND THE WINNER OF MOST CREATIVE INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR 2017 IS DATO KEE HUA CHEE'!
YAHOO! HOORAY! DATO KEE HUA CHEE WINS AFTER WAITING 10 YEARS SO HE CANNOT BE ACCUSED OF NEPOTISM, FAVORITISM AND CORRUPTION
DATO KEE HUA CHEE BOWS TO THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE AS SOME FANS FAINTED FROM JOY AT THEIR IDOL
THANK YOU, KIND SIR
DATO KEE HUA CHEE WEARING KEITH KEE KOUTURE WHICH IS HIS LUCKY SUIT!
DATO KEE HUA CHEE BEAMING AS JEREMY KHAW WILL TOAST HIM LATER WITH JIM BEAM THE WHISKY!




 WELL, IT WAS A LOOONG ROAD TO REACH THE TOP AND GET THE AWARD!
JEREMY KHAW BOWS LOW TO THE SUPREME WINNER!


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 DATO KEE HUA CHEE WANTED TO STAY ON STAGE FOR THE NEXT HOUR
BUT KNEW HE HAD TO LEAVE 
DATO KEE HUA CHEE CHECKS THE STEPS AS TO FALL NOW WOULD BE A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH
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MERCEDES-BENZ STYLO ASIAFASHIONFESTIVAL PRESENTS
SCARLET MASQUERADE BALL “BEAUTY & THE BEAST” AND
“50 SHADES OF RED” AFTER PARTY
FEATURING FASHION SHOWS, CREATIVITY AND INDUSTRY AWARDS

The Mercedes-Benz STYLO AsiaFashionFestival 2017 culminated tonight 6 May 2017 at Bangsar South’s KL Gateway Mall with the Scarlet Masquerade Ball – “Beauty & the Beast” and an awards night. The awards gala, often regarded as the high point of the fashion festival saw the attendance of the crème de le crème of Malaysian high society including dignitaries, celebrities and socialites making it a truly impressive red carpet affair.

In keeping with theme of the night, guests arrived dressed to the nines in fashionable gowns and dapper suits as they sipped cocktails and perused the Mercedes-Benz and sponsors gallery at the mall’s Central Piazza. Following a brief pre-event cocktail, the much-awaited gala event commenced at the Fashion Cube.

Dato’ Nancy Yeoh-Reissiger, President & CEO of STYLO International and Chairman of MBSTYLOAFF said, “Tonight as we bring 5 nights of our 10th anniversary fashion festivities to a close, we celebrate with awards, the best in fashion and creative excellence in the time-honoured tradition of MBSTYLOAFF. In the past 10 years, MBSTYLOAFF has unearthed and recognised some exceptional talents and we hope to continue pushing the boundaries of fashion in support of industry growth in years to come.”

President of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, Dr. Claus Weidner said, “Mercedes-Benz is proud to be a long-standing partner of STYLO International’s AsiaFashionFestival. There are many synergies and similarities between the world of fashion and the world of automobiles."

Following that, the Mercedes-Benz STYLO AsiaFashionFestival gala honoured the most distinctive individuals in their respective fields of expertise through various fashion award categories. 

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The first award, MBSTYLOAFF Most Creative Influencer of the Year 2017 was presented by Jeremy Khaw, Commercial Manager for Malaysia, Indonesia & Thailand, Beam Suntory to Dato' Kee Hua Chee.
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(YOU MAY STOP READING NOW AS THE OTHER AWARDS NOT TO IMPORTANT WOR)

The second award of the evening was the MBSTYLOAFF Best Designer Showcase 2017 award by presented by Clement de Ligault, Key Account Manager of Airbus Helicopters Malaysia to the winner Bremen Wong and Bill Keith.

The gala dinner then saw a brief interlude with a fashion presentation showcasing “Green Indigo”, a collection by multi-award designer, Edric Ong featuring the natural indigo leaves from Sarawak hand-stamped on ‘shibori’ silks.

The awards presentation continued with the MBSTYLOAFF Fashion Icon 2017 award presented by Julia Teo, Associate Marketing Director of Neutrogena®, Johnson & Johnson to Datuk Kelvin Tan.

Next was the presentation of the MBSTYLOAFF Most Promising Designer of the Year 2017 by Yang Kian Joo, Project Director, Suez Captital Sdn Bhd to Jo Disaya and Illiza Ho.

Mark Raine, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Mercedes-Benz Malaysia then presented the MBSTYLOAFF Industry Award 2017 to Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, Group Managing Director & CEO of The Star Media Group.

The awards ceremony then took a break with a performance by Nicole Kylie from local talent group Keep It Local.

A showcase of specially selected designs by Zang Toi followed before the awards presentation continued with the MBSTYLOAFF Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 presented by Dato’ Nancy Yeoh-Reisigger, President & CEO of STYLO International & Mercedes-Benz STYLO AFW to Victor Goh.

Goh began his career in fashion designing in the late 1970s and represented Singapore in a pret-a-porter show in Paris. He was commissioned to design costumes for Miss Singapore / Universe and brought home many awards including Best Designer, Best Costume and Best Cocktail Wear in the 1980s.  

In the late 80s and early 90s, Goh branched out to retail merchandising and later art direction for Film & TV and various print and TV commercials before moving back to fashion styling in 1999 to the present time. Goh has been interviewed by CNN on Asia Pacific fashion and the Kebaya elements in his designs. 


His more recent projects and campaigns include Debut Shanghai, Schwarzkopf, Vidal Sassoon Shanghai, Nala Design Paris, Kagesha Tokyo, Saco London, Evisu Hong Kong, Annasul Y and Lusan Mandongus Hong Kong. 

The final award, MBSTYLOAFF Designer of the Year 2017 was presented by Dr. Claus Weidner, President of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia to Ashley Kapas and Tangoo.
Partners and sponsors of this year’s MBSTYLOAFF include KL Gateway Mall, Neutrogena, Auchentoshan Whisky, Mantra Rooftop Bar & Lounge, Trinidad Tobacco, Truefitt & Hill, Robb Report, Luxury Guide, Airbus Helicopters Malaysia, Fraser Yachts, A Cut Above, Keep It Local, The International SeaKeepers Society Asia, Fashion Revolution, VistaJet, LOGO, Nestle® Kit Kat®, Makeup Miracle and BIMS International. 


DATO NANCY YEOH, THE FOUNDER, CREATOR, PRESIDENT, OWNER AND PRODUCER OF STYLO INTERNATIONAL GOING ON STAGE TO PRESENT OTHER AWARDS
DATUK KELVIN TAN WON 'FASHION ICON OF 2017' AWARD
VICTOR GOH WON 'LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD'

VICTOR GOH RECEIVING AWARD FROM DATO NANCY YEOH
VICTORIOUS VICTOR






ASHLEY KAPAS WON 'DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD'!
ERIC AND MOSES OF TANGOO ALSO WON 'DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2017' AWARD
2 WINNERS OF 'DESIGNER OF THE YEAR'A AWARD!


VICTOR GOH WON 'LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT' AWARD WHILE TANGOO AND ASHLEY WERE JOINT WINNERS OF 'DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2017' AWARD
CONGRATS!


DATO KEE HUA CHEE WAS INVITED ON STAGE AGAIN AS AN AWARDEE FOR GROUP PHOTO




DATUK KELVIN TAN WHO WON 'FASHION ICON' AWARD JOINING THE MERRY GANG






ILLIZA HO  WON 'MOST PROMISING DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2017' WITH JO DISAYA






ONE FOR THE ROAD














ONE FOR THE ALBUM
 THE WINNERS OF 10th MERCEDES-BENZ STYLO ASIA FASHION FESTIVAL 2017
THE WINNERS OF 2017!
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