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Glamor Takes Center Stage @ Starhill Gallery Fashion Week

Khoon Hooi's latest collection, inspired by 1960s model Edie Sedgwick, combined youthfulness and charm with accented waists, fitted blouses and monotone stripes.

Khoon Hooi’s latest collection, inspired by 1960s model Edie Sedgwick, combined youthfulness and charm with accented waists, fitted blouses and monotone stripes.

Kuala Lumpur, 4th April 2014

A stylish affair of glitz and glamor awaited guests attending Starhill Gallery FAshion Week Spring/Summer 2014 during a 3-day fashion parade which took place on Starhill Gallery’s Adorn and Indulge Floors on Friday 4th April and will conclude on Sunday 6th April.

The glamorous fashion event, in partnership with BluInc magazines; Glam, Icon and Marie Claire together with supporting partners Chandon and Belvedere Vodka was attended by exclusive guests of Starhill Gallery and high profile attendees from the media.

Some of the biggest brand names in the fashion industry took to the catwalk during the event including international designers Valentino, Kenzo, M Missoni, McQ by Alexander McQueen, RED Valentino, Khoon Hooi and creations from the designers of Debenhams.

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#prayforMH370

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Let us cast aside our differences (race, religion & politics) and come together to pray for the safe return of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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Davie Gan – Featured PMPE Alumni Member

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The Lady of Arbore Tribe in Ethiopia

As an alumni member of PMPE, I was recently featured by Photosafari.com.my in an interview with Maxby Chan (Administrator of PhotoMalaysia.com) about my passion for photography. The original article could be read here. However I re-blog the whole article here for your convenience. I seldom post my travel photos in this blog as I mostly share them in my facebook page with my friends. You could catch a glimpse of some of my recent travel photos in this interview. Note: PMPE is the acronym for PhotoMalaysia Photosafari Experience.

Below is the article reproduced in full.

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Children of Kuro Tribe, Ethiopia

Davie Gan is an advanced amateur photographer. He has joined our many photosafaris to The Old Silk Road, Ha Giang in North Vietnam and Ethiopia last year. He is one photographer who has developed his own unique style of telling his own visual story.  We have watched Davie’s photography progress over the past 5 years and when we say that we are impressed, it is an understatement. We have got lots to learn from him. We are now sharing his experiences and what goes through his mind with our readers. Hope that you all enjoyed it.

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More Showroom Babes @ KLIMS 2013

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Ford’s Showroom Babe, Nui Nuy on duty at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013

The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show is coming to an end soon. The constant stream of visitors to the show just proof that no matter what’s the condition of the economy, cars are still man’s object of desire. Some buy cars for fun, some for showing off but some out of sheer necessities for their daily commute. Due to the high import duties for cars in Malaysia, many Malaysian in their lifetime will not have the opportunity to own one of those fancy dream cars. They could only come to this type of motor show to view and ogle their dream rides. Since most of those million dollars cars like Ferrari, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Roll Royce, etc were not on display, they could do the next best thing…. ogle at the beautiful showroom babes on duty at the show. I would have to say, most of these beauties are world class by any standard! If you do not have the opportunity to visit the show for whatever reason, feel free to get to know these ‘pretties’ here. There’s no entrance fee. :)

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Auto Show Models @ Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013

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Professional Auto Show Model has come a long way in ensuring a successful motor show. They are first and foremost very attractive, friendly, model trained and well verse in the specification of the vehicles they are attending to. They used to be just eye candies in any auto show but their professionalism has seen much improvement over the years.

Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013 is back again this year after a ‘no show’ last year. Unfortunately this year, the auto show has somewhat shrunk in term of the number of car manufacturers and companies taking part. Off hand, I could see the absence of Proton, Malaysia’s own auto maker and Naza, one of the biggest auto importer in Malaysia. I don’t particular give a hoot about Proton since Proton cars are all over the streets and dump sites. If anyone wanted to have any inkling of what’s coming out from the Proton stable’s they just have to visit Mitsubishi and Honda booths and they could feast their eyes on what’s coming out from Proton in the next 30 years. What I miss was Naza’s stables of Imports like Maserati, Ferrari and other exotic parallel imported models.

The major European marques like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari, Land Rover, Jaguar, etc have been avoiding the Malaysian Auto Show like it’s some kind of bubonic plague. I don’t blame them as Malaysian Auto Industries are so protected and inward looking, they would rather spend their money in Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. Malaysia is just too small a country to have it’s own auto brand, coupled with uncompetitive local market, lack of brains behind the brand and the zero level of automotive technologies. They should just close down already. Period.

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Miss Astro Chinese International Pageant Grand Final 2013

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The Winner of Miss Astro Chinese International Pageant for 2013 is Miss Zhiny Ooi. She is 24 and hails from Alor Star, Kedah. She is also a fresh graduate majoring in Hotel Management. She is seen her posing with last year winner, Denise Tan.

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Astro 國際華裔小姐競選 Miss Astro Chinese International Pageant 2013 Winner: Ms. Zhiny Ooi, 24; First Runner-up: Ms. Fancy Goh, 24; Second Runner-up: Ms. Erica Tan, 22.

Kuala Lumpur, 2nd November 2013

I have been shooting many fashion shows, modelling contest and pageantry events in the last few years but I haven’t had the chance to shoot the Miss Astro Chinese International Pageant Grand Final until this year. Beside the traditional swimsuits modelling, catwalks in elegant dresses and group dancing & singing, I seldom see individual talent showcase in most of these pageantry and modeling contests.

This however, changed with this year Miss Astro Chinese International Pageant Grand Final 2013, as far as I am concerned. I was really impressed with their talent show and how the contestants tried their best to outdo each other in a duel to the end. Although talent show alone might not contribute to their winning, it was a good start to judge whether a contestant is worthy of the crown she is going to win. And I must say this year winner, Miss Zhiny Ooi is a worthy winner in every aspect of the title. Beside winning the overall title of Miss Astro, she was also the winner of Miss Talent and Body Beautiful. In this regard, I congratulates her and wish her all the best in her future endeavor.

In recognition of their talents, I am posting their talent show in my accompanying photographs below. As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words.

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Malaysia’s 56th Merdeka Day in Pictures

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Dateline: 31st August 2013

Malaysians of all creeds and races cast aside their political differences and childish bickering to celebrate the nation’s 56th Independence Day. Below are more photos of the Merdaka Day Parade held in conjunction with the national day celebration.

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MODA’s Annual Unity 2013 Gala – More Designers & Brands

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A beautiful design from Karl Ng that was presented by the model as a flower blooming in the freshness of Spring……

Kuala Lumpur, 4th july 2013

America may be celebrating their independence day on 4th of July but here in Malaysia, we have our very own little annual celebration by the Malaysian Official Designers’ Association (MODA) that features some of the prominent Malaysian Designers and Fashion Brands that have inspired many new Malaysian Designers to international stardom.

The night started out with the grand entrance of some of the designers with their muses and fashion creations, followed by a short parade of 10 young up-coming designers with their interpretation of fashion inspired by Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. The main feature presentation of the night was of course the fashion showcases by the 30 prominent Malaysian Designers and their Brands. This year’s event saw some of the best and latest design masterpieces being unveiled in front of the many celebrities and VIPs invited for the gala show.

More designers and brands will be updated in this post.

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MODA’s Annual Unity 2013 Gala

Gillian Hung or popularly known as "Mama G" with her opening speech at the MODA's 23rd Anniversary Gala

Gillian Hung giving her opening speech at MODA’s 23rd Anniversary Gala that will be featuring 30 prominent Malaysian Designers and Brands.

Kuala Lumpur, 4th july 2013

America may be celebrating their independence day on 4th of July but here in Malaysia, we have our very own little annual celebration by the Malaysian Official Designers’ Association (MODA) that features some of the prominent Malaysian Designers and Fashion Brands that have inspired many new Malaysian Designers to international stardom.

The night started out with the grand entrance of some of the designers with their muses and fashion creations, followed by a short parade of 10 young up-coming designers with their interpretation of fashion inspired by Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. The main feature presentation of the night was of course the fashion showcases by the 30 prominent Malaysian Designers and their Brands. This year’s event saw some of the best and latest design masterpieces being unveiled in front of the many celebrities and VIPs invited for the gala show.

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KLFW 2013 – Zakwan Anuar & ZEAL by Max Mak

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Tini modeling a glittering golden dress from ZEAL

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – Carven Sense

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Tini showcasing a beautiful creation by Carven Ong with Bremen W. Millinery

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – Eclipse by Sonny San & Khoon Hooi

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A beautiful dress and a matching jacket from Khoon Hooi’s Collection.

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – Fairuz Ramdan

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Fairuz Ramdan is known for his trademark vintage style and classic tailoring. For KL Fashion week he is debuting his ready-to-wear menswear collection exclusively curated for Parkson – Fairuz Ramdan for Parkson. Needless to say, his collection is classical, realistic but with a touch of eccentricity as could be seen with the photo above.

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – Bon Zainal

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The men’s show did not disappoint the spectators at the KLFW 2013. In fact it feature some of the most talented, creative and established male designers in Malaysia. Bravo!

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – Jonathan Liang

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Inna Gorelli looking sexy in this exquisite creation by Jonathan Liang. The future looks bright!

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces. Note to Designers: If you would like to include your profile in my blog (or to include the explanation of your collection’s theme), please email your write-up to me.

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KLFW 2013 – Radzuan Radziwill

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A beautiful creation from Radzuan Radziwill. This heavenly dress is designed to fit any princess.

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – RUBAQ

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Yuen C Jia walking down the runway sporting a beautiful coordinated outfit from Rubaq.

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – Jendela KL

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Collection from Jendela KL

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – Mimpikita, For All, When Our Eyes Met & Zero To Ten

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Collection from For All by William Ooi

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – TOM ABANG SAUFI

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Inna Gorelli showcasing a signature flowing and colorful dress from Tom Abang Saufi

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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The New Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week – Ready To Wear 2013

Syafinaz Selamat belting out a song made famous by Adele during the official opening ceremony of KL Fashion Week 2013/

Syafinaz Selamat belting out a song made famous by Adele during the official opening ceremony of KL Fashion Week 2013.

Today marked the day when the new Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week – Ready To Wear 2013 was officially opened. The event was presented by Kuala Lumpur City Hall and 2 fashion designers were fortunate enough to show case their collections during the opening ceremony. Although the event was delayed by nearly 1 hour, in the end Mr Andrew Tan, the founder of KLFW 2013, managed to pull off a spectacular opening act with performance by dance troupe from the KL City Hall and Ms. Syafinaz Selamat, who belted out 2 spectacular songs to mesmerized the spectators into submission.

Below are some of the photos taken during the opening ceremony.

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Dockers’ Fall Into Khaki for the Malaysian “Fashion Kaki”

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Dockers’ Fall/Winter 2013 Collection showcases the brands latest Alpha Khaki designs, engineered for the Alpha men.

Dockers recently showcased its full range of Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, at the Chandan Gallery in Publika Shopping Gallery. The event also showcased the brands latest Alpha Khaki designs, engineered for the Alpha men. If you think you are the go-getter sort of men and your female friends always refer to you as the Alpha man….. you should be heading to Dockers fashion gallery as soon as you possibly could…. they have the sort of clothing especially designed for man like you. Yes, you, the Alpha man…… 

Well, if you don’t think you belong to this category of men….. well you could always try “Dorkers”….. available exclusively from Petaling Street…….

But seriously, Dockers is always associated with man’s pants, as far as I am concerned…. I have been wearing this brand ever since I was studying in the USA, many many moons ago. And I am still wearing them to this day. I don’t think you need any introduction to this brand and I will spare you the bore and show you some photos instead. :)

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A Queenly Affair @ the Curve Fashion Week

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Yvonne Lee, Ms World Malaysia 2012 in an Empress Costume

Petaling Jaya, May 16, 2013

It was a truly regal affair as the Curve Fashion Week kicked off with a night of glitz and glamour, with six of Malaysia’s popular beauty queens taking center stage at the curve Fashion Week Gala Night to showcase the hottest trends of the season.

With a huge sparkling tiara as a stunning backdrop, this year’s theme, “A Queenly Affair”, centered on fashion trends fit for a queen. Fashion brands both local and international featured the latest styles, from dazzling evening outfits to eye-catching ready-to-wear must haves, as well as fashion accessories and shoes.

Guests at the Gala Night were dazzled by the gorgeous bevy of beauty queens who walked the runway, consisting Yvonne Lee, Ms World Malaysia 2012, Chloe Chen, Ms World Malaysia 2011, Gabriella Robinson, Ms Tourism International 2011, Nadia Heng, Ms World Malaysia 2010, Thanuja Ananthan, Ms World Malaysia 2009 and Elaine Daly, Ms Universe Malaysia 2003.

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Launched: Amber Chia’s Guide to a Successful Modelling Career.

Two Malaysian Fashion Icons posing for yours truly during the launching of Amber Chia's Guide to a Successful Modelling Career.

Two Malaysian Fashion Icons posing for yours truly during the launching of Amber Chia’s Guide to a Successful Modelling Career.

Amber Chia’s guide to a Successful Modelling Career is the first of many to come in the Masterclass Series by MPH, a new line of books by local experts sharing their knowledge and experience in their areas of specialty.The book is not meant to be a technical know how of posing or catwalk but instead an off the cuff sort of guide book for a successful modelling career based on practical experience and personal journeys.

“I did not know a thing about modelling when I started out as a teenager. I wish there was a school or a guidebook that I could have referred to back then.” says Amber. “I managed to set up a modelling academy a few years back and now, I’m so happy that I can also produce a guidebook to help aspiring models.”

Amber Chia’s Guide consists of 11 chapters, each full of advice for young women keen on pursuing a modelling career in Malaysia and beyond. Topics covered include how to assess oneself, modelling platforms, professional attitude, personal branding, avoiding scams, other employment opportunities and much more.

Amber also shares her journey, from her childhood days in Tawau daydreaming about modelling, to winning the GUESS international ambassadorship and where she is today.

With no mentor and no connections in the industry, she could have easily stumbled and made the kind of mistakes many aspiring models make on their quest for success. But her steely determination to make it big on her terms guided Amber through the difficult years.

Now, in a single book, she shares all the best practices for succeeding in the field that she has so thoroughly dominated.

“Being a professional model is hard work, but at the end of the day, if it is something you enjoy and have passion for, modelling can be a very rewarding career choice. I made that choice a long time ago and despite the ups and downs, I’m glad I did.”

Amber Chia’s Guide to a Successful Modelling Career is published by MPH Group Publishing and will be available in all major bookstores at RM35.90 a copy. It will also be available as an e-Book via MPH Digital.

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