Show­case of tal­ent

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FASHION -

THE Malaysia-In­ter­na­tional Fashion Week (M-IFW’10) ended on a high note with an ex­clu­sive Gala show­ing.

The evening saw a line-up of es­tab­lished de­sign­ers com­pris­ing well-known names like Radzuan Radzi­will, Syai­ful Ba­harim, model-ac­tress turned de­signer Kavita Sidhu, Datuk Bernard Chan­dran as well as last year’s joint win­ners of mifa’s Most Promis­ing De­signer Of The Year, Tengku Syahmi and Jonathan Liang.

Liang, who col­lab­o­rated with Tengku Syahmi for the brand Ul­tra, set the mood with his dar­ing, fig­ure-hug­ging cre­ations. His colour pal­ette was mainly nude and neu­tral tones, and his cre­ations, soft and fem­i­nine, were high­lighted with chif­fon and feath­ers. He in­fused a hard­ened con­tra­dic­tory edge to the out­fits with golden breast­plates, leather and Princess Leia buns.

Tengku Syahmi’s work ref­er­enced Ama­zo­nian war­riors, god­desses and su­per­heroes. He toyed with the fe­male sil­hou­ette, dis­play­ing tight, cleav­age-bar­ing pieces in mostly black or white.

Next up was Syai­ful who of­fered a range of glam­orous evening gowns that were lush and dra­matic. They came in glitzy shades of gold, em­a­nat­ing lux­ury. Syai­ful, the one­man force be­hind Ba­harim, In­nai and Nuur In­nai, was mad about Gre­cian-god­dess gowns and qi pao-in­spired pieces that night. An an­kle-length lacy qi pao dress with a feath­ered hem in par­tic­u­lar, stood out from the rest.

The epony­mous la­bel Kavita cen­tred on re­sort wear. Her kaf­tans and long sun­dresses were made from the finest Ital­ian silk chif­fons and linens fea­tur­ing bold, eth­nic and an­i­mal prints as well as bright pat­terns.

Radzuan in­jected an eth­nic vibe with earthly shades and tra­di­tional de­sign el­e­ments. Soft drapes and gowns with in­tri­cate eth­nic de­tails were pre­dom­i­nant. Fabrics such as silk satin and silk chif­fon in pas­tels and rich earthly tones lent an aura of op­u­lence to the col­lec­tion.

Bernard’s gowns were mostly straight and loose, rem­i­nis­cent of the 1920s flap­per dress, with black, white and pas­tel lacy num­bers given shocks of pink or green feath­ered bands around the waist and hem.

Gen­er­ally, the mifa Gala was a stylish show­case that gleamed with prom­ise for the fu­ture of Malaysian fashion.

An­drews Mod­els founder An­drew Tan and Kavita emerged the biggest win­ners of the night when they took home the mifa In­dus­try Ex­cel­lence Award 2010 for their con­tri­bu­tions to the fashion in­dus­try. Both re­ceived their awards from Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah, who graced the event.

The win­ners of the Maxis In­no­va­tion Award, in the Emerg­ing Tal­ent, Pret-a-Porter and Star Cou­ture cat­e­gories, were Yiu Lin from KLutched, Vil­liam Ooi and joint win­ners Michael Ong and Radzuan re­spec­tively.

New­comer Si­las Liew won the Most Promis­ing De­signer of the Year award, while an­other new­comer Yuen Sze Jia was named Most Promis­ing Model of the Year. – By Fion­aHo

Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah (far left) pre­sent­ing the mifa In­dus­try Ex­cel­lence Award to An­drews Mod­els founder An­drew Tan while Kavita and mifa CEO Syeba Yip (right) look on.

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