Mercedes Benz STYLO Fashion Awards 2013 Gala Night

Mercedes-Benz STYLO Fashion Awards 2013

It was grand night of glamour and glitz at the Mercedes-Benz STYLO Fashion Awards 2013 themed ‘The Voodoo Ball'. The awards night, billed as the high spot of the 7-day fashion festival, was a true red-carpet event as the invited guests came dressed in their dapper suits and ball gowns to celebrate a glittering night of fashion excellence.

Gracing the event was Formula One safety driver, Bernd Maylander. Presented by luxury icon Mercedes-Benz, the gala event also coincides with the beginning of the Kuala Lumpur Formula One Grand Prix weekend, from Friday, 22 March until Sunday, 24 March 2013. 

Mr Roland Folger, the President and CEO of Mercedes Benz Malaysia, said in his opening speech, “Since Mercedes-Benz Malaysia launched the World Fashion Exchange with STYLO during our 125th Anniversary 2 years ago, we have helped move the Malaysian fashion industry internationally. Last year, we were pleased to take the Designer of the Year 2012, Bill Keith and Emerging Designer of the Year 2012, Mohd Hanif to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Mexico City. This year it will be to Prague.”

Mohd Hanif, Emerging Designer of the Year 2012 

Jovian Madagie, Designer of the Year 2013

Fairuz Ramdan Most Promising Designer of the Industry 2013

Faevien Yee, Hair Designer of the Year 2013 

Reenee, Best Female Model of the Year 2013

Tangoo, Best Designer Showcase 2013

The Emerging Designer of the Year 2013, 12 finalists presenting stunning avantgarde designs using recyclable items like plastic bottles, rubbish bags, tubes, polystyrene and strings, to name a few. They were judged by heads of seven Asian countries’ top fashion associations namely JapanTaiwanChinaThailandPhilippinesSingapore and Indonesia together with MODA, YODA & BDA under the Asia Fashion Week and Rainforest Initiative banner.

Phuna Boon Yi, Emerging Designer 2013

This year the winner wins the coveted title to showcase at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Prague in September and to travel with STYLO to showcase at various cities around the world. The finalists took the stage on last time with their designs tonight whilst waiting in nervous anticipation for the winner’s name to be announced. 

Tan Cha Yong, 2nd Runner Up Emerging Designer 2013

According to Dato’ Nancy Yeoh, President and CEO of STYLO International “This year, once again, we continue our efforts to recognise the best in the fashion industry. As we have on our opening night, having presented the Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 to Minster of Tourism, YB Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen which is well deserved considering her tireless contributions to the fashion industry. As such, it is only natural we keep raising the bar to pick the best in Malaysia to be our fashion ambassadors to the world with our Designer of the Year and Emerging Designer of the Year awards.”

La Formela

The night’s fashion showcase included designs by celebrated Czech designer, La Formela, all the way from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Prague and opening the show was top Czech supermodel, Vanda Knapkova.

La Formela

Seasoned designers Melinda Looi, Jovian Mandagie and fresh from Mexico City’s Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week debut, last year’s Emerging Designer 2012, Mohd Hanif presented their distinctive designs amidst approving claps and cheers from the audience.

Melinda Looi

Jovian Mandagie won Best Designer 2013

The night continued with the much awaited official launch of Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral which has been the official venue for the week long Mercedes-Benz STYLO FGP 2013. 

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