Last year's event brought more than 100,000 people together over 5 days at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur to witness more than 80 Local Designers’ Collections. This year, KLFW 2016 is upping the bar to create an even more holistic fashion event by working closely with Tourism Malaysia and AirAsia in inviting 4 international guest designers from China, India, Australia and South Korea to participate in the event. In addition, five Indonesian designers and five Singaporean designers will also be making their appearance at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week, courtesy of the event's official online e-commerce website, FashionValet.
So if you're as excited as we are for this year’s Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week, here are some of the things to expect from August 17 to 21 as KLFW RTW 2016 presents an exciting mix of designers in the Malaysian capital over 5 highly anticipated days.
Some of the designers returning to KLFW this year are LVMH Prize Semi-finalist, Moto Guo, who will be showcasing his collection for the second year, and Mimpikita who will be showcasing their highly anticipated collection for the fourth year.
Other designers will also be making their first appearance, namely Kit Woo, the former assistant fashion designer for Public School NYC; and Angel Chen, who first gained attention on the international fashion scene in 2014 when she was named one of the top 5 graduate designers of the year.
Adding another exciting punch to KLFW RTW 2016 are Melinda Looi, award-winning fashion designer famous for her signature avant-garde and vintage style; and Kang Dong Jun, South Korean menswear avant-garde fashion designer.
As Kuala Lumpur embraces the creative talents of 100 designers during the main event, Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready to Wear 2016 is also working with AirAsia for the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016 to discover the creative talent of the future. Meanwhile, last year’s AirAsia Runway Ready Designer winners will be making their debut of their complete Runway Collection 2016 at KLFW.
Another set of fresh talent comes from a collaboration with Piala Seri Endon, wherein 3 winners will be showcasing their reinvented collection of Batik in contemporary ready-to-wear fashion.
Priyanka Ella Lorena Lama, one of India’s most talented, up-and-coming young fashion designers will also be making her way into this year's KLFW runway with her pret-a-porter collection under her label, P.E.L.L.A.
Heidi Nazarudin, also known as The Ambitionista, will be flying in 10 prominent fashion bloggers from all over the world to attend the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready to Wear 2016 under The Blogger Babes blogging community.
FashionValet, on the other hand, will be collaborating with EH! Magazine to produce a special Capsule Collection by three well-known Malaysian celebrities.
Dato’ Farah Khan, the founder and president of Malaysia’s leading luxury retailer, The Melium Group, and creative director of her eponymous label Farah Khan will also be presenting her exclusive Runway collection for KLFW RTW 2016.
The renowned duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales are also participating in this year’s event. The pair’s inimitable label Romance Was Born, described as "an inspirational contemporary Australian fashion house fusing together a unique storytelling of vision with design prowess," will also be making its way onto the KLFW runway this year.
With all the exciting things planned and both local and international talent to look out for, KLFW 2016 is an event a fashion enthusiast wouldn't want to miss. So save the date!