Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad, speaking to the media while grand winner, Tran Thi Tu from Vietnam (2nd from left), felt excited being the crowned the winner of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search yesterday at Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.
An emotional Andrew Tan, Founder of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready To Wear, hopes that the collaboration with AirAsia will continue after a huge success with 10 countries competing this year alone and Air Asia made it possible.
Rano Iskandar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AirAsia’s annual designer search, AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search, held its 2017 Grand Finale today at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready To Wear 2017 (KLFW RTW 2017).
The finale saw a total of twenty young talents from all 10 Asean countries showcase their Asean-themed creations on the runway.
Two top aspiring designers were selected to represent each country after a regionwide audition tour across Asean. The search kicked off in April in Manila before moving on to Bandar Seri Begawan, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Yangon, Jakarta, Bangkok, Vientiane and ended in Phnom Penh in June.
Tran Thi Tu from Vietnam was announced as the Grand Winner and walked away with prizes including a confirmed show segment to showcase their full collection at KLFW RTW 2018, a year-long mentorship from the KLFW RTW team, MYR25,000 sponsored by FashionValet to produce a capsule collection to be sold on fashionvalet.com, 150,000 AirAsia BIG Points, a six-page fashion spread in AirAsia’s Travel3Sixty inflight magazine, a special feature in Female Malaysia magazine and a pair of AirAsia return flights.
The winning design from Vietnam. Congratulations.
Another funky design from one of the participating countries
This was one of my favourites design on stage
Featuring local designer from Brunei, Kava by Nazy Sam
Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad said, “As a truly Asean airline, we are proud to continue our initiative through this platform and expand the designer search to a regional level with talents from all 10 Asean countries. We are very impressed with what we’ve witnessed on the runway today. Asean has great potential and we believe that, with continuous support and guidance from fashion industry leaders, business owners as well as members of the media, the fashion industry can flourish across the region.”
Andrew Tan, Founder of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready To Wear said, “Having AirAsia as a Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week partner for the past three years has undeniably been an incredible privilege. This partnership allowed us to not only access regional media and influencers but to forge stronger multilateral relationships with opinion leaders, fashion schools, designers and fashion industry activators in neighboring countries. The growth of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search from five countries last year to 10 countries this year will be instrumental in paving the way for Kuala Lumpur to be the fashion hub of Asean in the near future, a future made possible with the strength of the collaboration between AirAsia and Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week”.
Vivy Yusof, Co-Founder of FashionValet said, “This year has been nothing short of spectacular. From talented local designers to experiencing the best of what Asean has to offer, it has been a whirlwind adventure. FashionValet is honoured to carry the debut line of last year’s winner from Thailand, Anuruk Jaidee, and we hope this will be the start of more exciting Asean brands on our platform. I am thankful to Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week and AirAsia for collaborating with us at FashionValet and look forward to discovering even more talent in 2018.”
AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search was established with the aim of empowering youth and developing young talents in the fashion industry across the region. This year’s panel of judges for the Grand Finale included judges from all Asean countries, as well as Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia Berhad; Andrew Tan, Founder of KLFW RTW; and Vivy Yusof, Co-Founder of FashionValet. Rides for the regional judges for the grand finale were sponsored by Uber.
Last year’s AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search winner, Anuruk Jaidee from Thailand, also made a special appearance and showcased his full collection on the KLFW RTW 2017 runway.
AirAsia is also KLFW RTW 2017’s Preferred Travel Partner and is proud to have flown in international fashion designers from across AirAsia’s extensive route network, including Ka-Sha (India), Reclothing Bank (China), Resurrection (South Korea), TAKK (Japan), Yousef Akbar (Australia) and Anthony Ramirez (Philippines).
AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme and FashionValet are proud sponsors of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017.
Follow AirAsia on Youtube (youtube.com/user/AirAsia) for webisodes featuring the participants’ journey to the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017 Grand Finale, or follow the hashtag #AirAsiaRunway on other social media channels such as Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia) and Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia).
Another Brunei designer, Humaira Zakaria
This show is one of the few packed itineraries that lasts for 6 days as part of KL Fashion Week
Actress @bow_benjasiri from Thailand made an appearance at yesterday’s show
Representing Air Asia flight attendants
The local fashion bloggers in Malaysia
Hj Omar Abdul Aziz and Siti Rashidah Hassan, co-owners of ZA Barakah with their children during the launch of the pop up event at The Mall
Siti Rashidah Hassan officially launching the pop up sale event
It has been three years since the company has been in fashion/lifestyle industry. ZA Barakah boutique started since 1st February 2014, managed by Hj Omar Abdul Aziz and Siti Rashidah Hassan. Due to their success, the entrepreneurs have also ventured into tailoring under ZA Tailor (hint, hint for those who wants to do their Baju Melayu or Baju Kurung for Raya).
Yesterday they launched a pop-up event leading into Hari Raya, having a concept of a modern Muslimah, showcasing some local and international brands. Do expect items such as Hijab, Jubbah and kids versions from Malaysia (Shazzmin, Dezahra and Julia Betty).
Perhaps the two major brands that are being showcased and sold are MochaFashion and LilyPetuna. Do check them out as they do look quite elegant and affordable.
Lily Petuna brand has a Pario concept, design that suits the modern era and ZA Barakah has made it easier for the locals to have access to their products. The same could be said for Mocha Fashion that has different range for ladies, kids and also men (top). Do expect great quality from both popular brands.
ZA Barakah is also the sole distributor for Capster (Hijab Sport) from the Netherlands. The brand has sold over 1,000 pieces alone in Brunei and that shows how popular Capster is.
Apart from that, ZA Barakah is also a distributor for Nashata Sports ranging from tops and pants for the ladies. The brand hails from Malaysia.
The pop up event is located on the 1st floor of The Mall, Gadong (near the escalator above Chang Ein Hong) and it will be there for the week. Do follow them on instagram @za_barakah for updates.
Some of the ranges from Lily Petuna
Mocha Fashion also have range for the men
Some of the children lines from Julia Betty
Fans of Jovian before entering the venue
JBoxing happened with a huge bang yesterday at The Empire Hotel & Country Club. As you know that Jovian Ready-to-Wear (RTW) event is always popular in Malaysia and it’s already happening in Brunei Darussalam. The event continues today till Sunday, 7th May 2017.
This time round to expect different range of designs and JBoxing is also an event whereby all Jovian fans will gather all at once as to own their favourite Lebaran pieces.
Bajoo is proud to partner with Jovian for the JBoxing event. Also part of the event is their exclusive main partner, Baiduri Bank Group. The expectations are quite high as they expect around 20,000 visitors over the three day period.
For Jovian, he has always wanted to host an event in Brunei and he figured that this is the right time. To Jovian, Brunei has been his favourite destination as he has many support from Bruneians and royalties. For your info, Jovian Mandagie is the cEO and Creative Director for Jovian Apparel.
Yesterday a few thousands showed up on the 1st day of JBoxing event in Brunei. Do expect more in the remaining two days. Good luck to Bajoo and Jovian. Some of the images courtesy of @kurapak
Hajah Halimah won a voucher from JBoxing from my repost contest. Happy shopping
Some of designs on display
Founder of Bajoo with founder of Jovian Apparel
Prestige customers registering before entering the venue
Prestige customers browsing through the collections
Baiduri Bank Group, the main sponsor of J Boxing by Jovian, organised a preview of the collection this morning at the Empire Hotel and Country Club. The closed-door event was organised exclusively for their Baiduri Prestige members.
During the event, the invited guests were able to browse through the wide variety of the latest collections of Jovian Apparel which include Jovian Borsa (handbags), JLuxe Raya 2017, Jovian Men 2017, Savannah, JBasic Raya 2017, Lisa Surihani for Jovian, Jovian Hijab and Jovian Kids.
Hjh Maripaz Abdullah, Head of Prestige Programme in Baiduri Bank said, “The Baiduri Prestige programme is based on five principles, Privileges being one of them. Invitations to exclusive events like this are among the many benefits that our Prestige members enjoy.”
She further elaborated, “Baiduri Prestige first held a similar event in September last year with Bait Al-Hijab showcasing locally designed modest wear. We received very positive feedback from our customers, and encouraged by that, we decided to bring more such events to our customers. In today’s event, we are collaborating with leading local fashion retailer ‘Bajoo’, to bring to your doorstep, this exclusive collection in anticipation of your needs for the coming Hari Raya festive season. We felt that the Jovian collection currently being offered would be ideal not only for the ladies, but the whole family.”
During the three-day J Boxing by Jovian event, Baiduri Prestige members can enjoy a 10% discount when they shop using their Visa Infinite Credit Card or their Baiduri Prestige Mastercard Platinum Debit Card, while all other Baiduri cardholders will receive a 5% discount.
Baiduri Prestige is a programme for Baiduri’s high net-worth customers designed to provide a range of personalised services and offers. The Prestige programme is built around 5 principles: Personal Touch, Progression in Wealth, Privileges, Priority Recognition and Platinum Status. Baiduri Prestige members have exclusive access to our Baiduri Prestige Centres located at the Kiarong Branch, the Kiulap Branch, the Kuala Belait Branch and the Seria Branch.
For more information about Baiduri Bank’s products and promotions, visit our website at www.baiduri.com or call our Baiduri Bank Customer Helpline at 244 9666.
If you have a DST Card or a TelBru card or a Baiduri Bank card or SCB Card, you can enjoy 20% discount on all the items at 1st Metro, Jalan Batu Satu.
1st Metro is located at Batu Satu, near the post office
Many choices for Baju Melayu material
Wide range of senjang too at affordable prices
Ready made Baju Melayu available at 1st Metro
Jovian Mandagie, CEO and Creative Director of Jovian and Jacquline, owner of Bajoo’ Butik during the press conference of JBoxing event
Article by Lyna Mohamad of Borneo Bulletin. The fashion event JBoxing this year will be held in Brunei at The Empire Hotel & Country Club from May 5-7 (next weekend) and will see the launching of Jovian’s first bag collection.
Inspired from London’s Boxing Day, JBoxing is fashion line Jovian’s annual event. This year, Jovian Mandagie, CEO and Creative Director of Jovian, will host the event while launching its first bag collection, the Jovian Borsa, and its new Jovian Men and the Little Boy Collection.
“I have always wanted to have an event in Brunei and I figured that the time has come. Due to a lot of requests, we have decided to bring JBoxing to Brunei,” said Jovian in a press conference last weekend.
The inaugural event is jointly organised by Bruneian powerhouse atelier and multi-label store, Bajoo Butik, and main partner Baiduri Bank Group.
The event which will also see the Little Kids Collection from the Lisa Surihani Collection, Savannah Collection for Zalora Fashion and the JLuxe Collection, has become a phenomenon for every fashionista, especially those craving for Jovian RTW (‘Ready-To-Wear’).
Always a wonderful chemistry between the two 😀
BMW is one of the partners for JBoxing event
Great turnout during the press conference last weekend
Good to see Jovian and Bajoo’ pulling strings together
Jovian’s a happy camper to see his banner up by the roadside
Jovian said Bruneians will get to see “an exciting project” between him and Jackie of Bajoo Butik, with the launch of the kid’s line designs for the Brunei and Malaysian markets.
“I think this is a high achievement and a great benchmark for Jackie for being able to collaborate with a brand from Malaysia,” he said. “JBoxing is an event where we would have exclusive, new launches of a collection, as well as special discounts on items,” said Jovian. “There are also items on a flat price basis, or that might turn into a free giveaway.”
From only 4,000 visitors in the first year it was launched, the number of people coming to the ‘box’ has increased every year, with a record 40,000 visitors last year.
“We are very much ready to shake the city with a new experience of shopping… We are expecting visitors coming from all over Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak,” said Jovian, who expects 15,000 visitors this year.
The CEO expressed his appreciation to Baiduri Bank Group, DST, BMW, Mix Mediaworks, Brunei Press and other partners for bringing the event into the international stage.
Congratulations to Siti Nazmah Hj Abd Samad and Humaira Zakaria for being the chosen ones to represent Brunei in the upcoming KL Fashion Week 2017 after winning the heart of the judges for the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search
The judges and contestants awaiting for the results
AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search, the regional fashion designer competition finally made its presence in Brunei for the very first time. Out of the many entries, only two were chosen to represent Brunei in the @KLfashionweek happening this August. The two finalists are Humaira Zakaria and Siti Nazmah Hj Abd Samad. They will be showcasing their creations at the Grand Finale in Kuala Lumpur this August. Congratulations to both of you.
For your info, the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017 is a regional tour to ten Asean Countries. This is a platform to provide aspiring designer the opportunity of a lifetime to compete on a regional level and showcase their collection on a professional runway during the KL Fashion Week Ready to Wear.
According to Shirley Tan, Head of Marketing for AsiaAsia Berhad, “We are very pleased to expand the AirAsia Runway ready Designer Search to include all the 10 Asean countries and we are very excited to be here in Brunei. We are thrilled to see the talents and creativity that have come forward today.”
The judges’ scores are based on design creativity, originality, consistency of their collection, adherence to the Asean theme, practicality and stage presentation potential.
Both finalists received awesome perks:-
• 150,000 AirAsia BIG Points
• BND 8,000 funds to produced a capsule collection to be sold on fashionvalet.com
• A six page fashion spread in AirAsia’s in-flight magazine, Travel3Sixty
• AirAsia flights and mentorship from the KLFW RTW, apart from a confirmed slot to showcase their full collection in KL Fashion Week RTW 2018.
There were five judges during the audition in Brunei. They were Andrew Tan, Founder of KL Fashion Week Ready to Wear, Shirley Tan, Head of Marketing for AirAsia Berhad, Vivy Yusof, Co-founder of FashionValet, Nabeela Fazil @lipstickmyname, Brunei Fashion blogger and Farhana Pura, Creative Director of NA Forrer @naforrer
AirAsia is also KLFW RTW 2017’s Preferred Travel Partner and will be flying in fashion designers from AirAsia and AirAsia X Groups’ extensive route network including India, Japan, China, South Korea and Australia to showcase their latest collection at the KLFW RTW runway.
Siti Nazmah Hj Abd Samad @nazsyam being chosen as the two finalists to represent Brunei
Congratulations to Humaira @hzno for being the chosen one
Humaira Zakaria being interviewed by BIG magazine. She will give her best with the opportunity given. She didn’t expect to reach this far as being the final (among 8) was already great enough.
Farhana Pura, Creative Director of NA Forrer, Vivy Yusof, Co-founder of FashionValet, Andrew Tan, Founder of KL Fashion Week Ready to Wear, Shirley Tan, Head of Marketing for AirAsia Berhad and Nabeela Fazil @lipstickmyname
Jamary bin Danggat, President of Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind (in blue) officially opened Optic King yesterday at 1st Floor, Centrepoint Hotel
Yushi Chua, Director of Optic King Company, delivering her opening remarks and appreciated her family for the support they have given
Saturday, 15th April 2017 marked the Grand Opening of Optic King, a first optical boutique located on the 1st Floor, Centrepoint Hotel, Gadong. The Guest of Honour, Mr. Muhammad Jamari bin Dangat, the President of Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind officiated the Grand Opening.
The Grand Opening Ceremony began with a doa, followed by a speech from the Director of Optic King Company, and advanced to the ribbon cutting. Optic King presented a donation to the Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind. One of Optic King’s mission is to promote good eye health by engaging qualified optometrists and sponsoring training of its staff in the optical field.
Optic King has brought in a wide range of quality designer brands to Brunei. They offer designer labels from major fashion cities and brings emerging designer labels from the optical industry to Brunei. Optic King holds exclusive eyewear brands such as Givenchy, Tiffany & Co. and Burberry. Other brands include Michael Kors, Oakley, Marc Jacobs, and RayBan to name a few. Whether you are looking for brands from Paris, Italy or the United States, Optic King is never far away. Optic King brings to Brunei much sought after brands to you at the central shopping district of Gadong.
Optic King is also equipped with highly advanced ophthalmic instrumentations. The Company offers quality ophthalmic lens brands namely Essilor and Nikon, which incorporates new optical technology catering for different visual needs. Optic King is also the first optical store to recruit a Bruneian optometrist. Their optometrist is qualified from the United Kingdom and provides services of top standard. From the moment you step in the store, you are welcomed by their well- informed friendly staff and optometrist that is always ready to serve you and your optical needs.
Congratulations once again and you can follow their IG @optic.king
Mr. Muhammad Jamari bin Dangat, the President of Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind having a light moment with Yushi
There are two sides to Optic King
I didn’t know Tiffany & Co. does glasses too. Interesting and unique!!
One of the niche brand, Givenchy
You can have your eyes checked here and see how good your vision is
Yushi and her staff at Optic King
Thanks Yushi for the invitation
Yang Amat Mulia Hjh Siti Radhiah Binti Pengiran Maharaja Lela Sahibul Kahar Pengiran Anak Hj Md Yusof at the Peek-a-Box booth
Guest of honour at @baitalhijaab
The Modest Fashion Network happened last weekend at The Empire Hotel & Country Club and it was organised by Maszalina Events. Launching the event was the guest of honour, Yang Amat Mulia Hjh Siti Radhiah Binti Pengiran Maharaja Lela Sahibul Kahar Pengiran Anak Hj Md Yusof.
There were vendors such as MODVIER, Peek-a-Box, Bajoo, Naforrer and many more that were involved during the 3 day event. There was also the OOTD search winner organised by @ootdbrunei which took place on the final day of the event. @ootdbrunei also launched their brand as one of the highlights of the show. Congratulations.
Jovian Mandagie was in town and he was invited as the chief judge in Modest Fashion Network search winner (for the vendors). The winner was @baitalhijaab who won a sponsorship worth more than BND 15,000 at the Asia Islamic Fashion Week in Kuala Lumpur.
The winner of the BND 15,000 sponsorship to Asia Islamic Fashion Week in Kuala Lumpur – @baitalhijaab
The launch of the @ootdbrunei brand