GEORGE TOWN, Apr 15 – The 4th edition of the Penang Fashion Week (PFW) 2018 Opening Gala was happening at Gurney Paragon Mall here yesterday evening. The 9-day fashion event was highlighting the diverse and innovative fashion industry in Penang, this year the fashion week features 17 local & international designers and 25 catwalk runway shows.
The opening gala is being launched with an opening show presented by PFW partner, luxury and lifestyle retail group Valiram, and features a line-up of spring/summer looks curated from seven brands: Micheal Kors, Kate Spade New York, La Martina, Tony Burch, Tumi, Pedro and Charles & Keith.
The runway comes alive during the opening gala with diverse cast of fashion talents, including Jonathan Liang (Penang born, based in Paris), Kev Yiu (Hong Kong), Illiza Ho (Taiwan), Carven Ong (Malaysia), and Bon Zainal (Malaysia). International celebrity, Ning Baizura, Hero Tai (born in Johor, based in Taiwan), veteran Hong Kong actress Petrina Fung Bo Bo and Jane Teoh (Miss Universe Malaysia 2018) also grace the night with their special appearances.
For the first time ever, Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Gold makes its debut in Malaysia, at the opening gala of PFW 2018. This is an international campaign that celebrates everything that makes SpongeBob one of the most iconic animated characters in the world, and also marks the largest showing of fashion designers in the world putting their spin on SpongeBob Gold in fashion.
PFW is citywide celebration of individualism, openness and diversity and is endorsed by the state government. It aims to bring together people from all walks of life to get involved and at the same time, provides an excellent platform for Penang’s outstanding homegrown designers and college students to showcase their creativity.
Considered a melting pot of creativity and innovation, Penang’s fashion scene is becoming one of the most exciting fashion events in the region. A series of fashion shows and a fashion design competition will be staged throughout the nine-day event. Participants include returning designers like Keith Kee, Richard Rivalee, Ranndy Goh, Micheal Ooi and Samantha Chua.
The whilst making the debut are Dennis Lee, Joo Lee, Chris Yee, Jasmine Phoon, Cynthis Ong and Raydian Chew. Joining the show are Gurney Paragon Mall’s fashion tenants such as Chow Tai Fook, Debenhams, ECCO, Lancaster, Blonde & Brunette Hair Studio, Focus Point, Cosas United, Hush Puppies, Akemi Uchi, Travis Hegel & National Geographic as well as Save My Bag.
This year will see UCSI University hosting their fashion design competition ‘Runway Designer Search’ for all the diploma holders from all over the country. the final will be held on 17 April 2018 (Tuesday) in the mall’s atrium featuring 10 finalists. The top designer will walk away with the university’s degree scholarship. Apart from that, Equator College and ESMOD KL – The One Academy will take up a runway show each featuring all their students’ creative wearables. — PN