March 27, 2013

New Zealand Week in Malaysia @The Saujana: Virtual Re-Start Fashion Competition

Crossing Borders with Fashion!

In conjunction with New Zealand Week in Malaysia held at The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur, distinguished and elite guests, fashion design students and members of the media gathered to celebrate this occasion with Mainland Cheese launch, gala dinner and a collaborative Virtual Re-Start Fashion Competition. The fashion competition was based on the theme of ‘rejuvenation’ and inspired by the rebuild of Christchurch city. Education New Zealand established the Virtual Re-Start Fashion Competition to encourage a stronger relationship between both countries and to attract Malaysian students to further their education in New Zealand.

10 pairs of fashion graduates from New Zealand and Malaysia fashion design school worked virtually to conceptualize, design and construct a mini collection with the theme. Each team worked through virtual communications and only met up for three days to finalize and complete their collections before the competition. It’s all about making a fashion statement crossing borders!

The event took off with speeches followed by an unplugged session by Boh Runga, a New Zealand recording artist. Check out her website here.

The competition was also graced by the presence of Dato Jimmy Choo and a panel of distinguished judges.

Left to right: Judges for the event included top Kiwi footwear designer Kathryn Wilson, Malaysian couturier Bill Keith and the wife of New Zealand High Commissioner to Malaysia Arti Pine.

I will let the photos speak for themselves! Let the Fashion show begin…

Very feminine and flowy, the combinations of colors are pleasant and beautiful!

This one was more mysterious and had a deeper richness in the tones.

A personal favorite, the bright orange and lime green really pops and makes a gorgeous fashion statement!

The pale austere gold had me mesmerized at first sight! Though intricate at design, there is just something really bold and beautiful about this collection.

Flirty and pink, the collection had spring written all over it.

Then this pastel pretty collection showed up. Intricately sewed lilac and yellow daisies strewn across flowy whites are clean and elegant. Jacket casually thrown on the gown makes an impressive design while flowery hats sync up the whole collection like a pretty dream.

White seems to be the color of the season with another collection of white casual and chic pieces graced with motifs of colors.

I thought the pointy piece of short jumper had a sense of devilish creativity and the usage of colors was pretty interesting and creative!

Bold and definitely making a statement, the yellow and black collection simply screams for attention! Its quite complicated in design and yet, everything seems to work together.


Funky and fairly futuristic!

At the end of the evening, the winners were announced and Dato Jimmy Choo presented the winners with the prizes.

Grand Prize goes to Phoebe Radcliff-Reid (CPIT) & Kathryn Lagrosa Rao (Raffles College of Higher Education) for their masterpieces based on 3 concepts of empty spaced, chairs and daisies.

2nd prize goes to Melissa McIndoe (CPIT) & Liew Chee Yeng (Malaysian Institute of Arts)

3rd prize goes to Hannah Shand (Massey University) &
Moto Keek Wen Han (Raffles College of Higher Education)

Simply a night to remember, it was more than just fashion but a great collaboration effort in building a stronger relationship between cultures!

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  1. Nice, very nice...and all this while, I had the impression that the kiwis had a peculiar sense of fashion... Not all, I guess...just some.

  2. The clothing look quite special huh.
    I like that shoe with flowers on the heel ;-)

  3. Wow! Some really eye catching pieces there. Especially that black and green flowy dress, very wearable.